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Wednesday Lates: Guided tour of Henry III’s masterpiece

Wednesday Lates: Guided tour of Henry III’s masterpiece

Date Time Location Price
Wednesday, 16th October 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm The Abbey Free with entry to the Abbey, booking required

A Wednesday Lates special: our expert guides tell the fascinating story behind Henry III’s re-building of Westminster Abbey.

Henry III was devoted to St Edward the Confessor and decided to re-build Edward’s 11th century church in the new Gothic style of architecture, to provide a more fitting resting place for the saint. Building began in 1245, and the church was consecrated in 1269. Henry was recklessly extravagant and spent £15 million in today’s money on his new church and a magnificent Shrine for St Edward.

Learn about Henry’s vision and discover how he created one of the finest Gothic churches in the world. Your tour will include visiting Henry’s tomb and the Shrine of St Edward, the Cosmati pavement and the Chapter House.

This tour is part of the events marking the 750th anniversary of Henry III’s rebuilding of Edward the Confessor’s church.


Tickets

This tour is free with entry to the Abbey.

To purchase tickets to the Abbey, buy on the door on the day or book in advance online ensuring you select the 16:30-18:00 timeslot.

To book a place on this tour (free), please contact [email protected].


Westminster Abbey The Chapter Office Westminster Abbey 20 Dean's Yard London UK SW1P 3PA

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