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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey remains open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily Eucharist service if you are able to travel here safely within current government guidelines.

However, for the time being we are unable to open the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church for general visiting.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries re-open

Friday, 9th October 2020

Wax effigies of the Duchess of Buckingham, her son Robert and a toy unicorn on display in a glass case in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries, Westminster Abbey

Visitors will be welcomed back to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries from Monday 12th October, after seven months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Galleries are set more than 16 metres (52 feet) above the Abbey’s floor in the medieval triforium. Displaying 300 treasures from the Abbey’s collection, they reflect the Abbey’s thousand-year history. Gallery highlights include the Westminster Retable (1259–69), the oldest surviving altarpiece in England from Henry III’s Abbey; 21 funeral effigies from the 14th to early 17th centuries, including Henry VII’s effigy head which was modelled on his death mask; and the royal marriage licence for HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton in 2011.

Scott Craddock, Head of Visitor Experience said:

'We are so pleased to be re-opening the Galleries up again. As well as fascinating objects which tell the Abbey’s story there are breath-taking views down into the Abbey Church and outside towards Parliament and beyond.'

 

Admission to the Galleries is by timed ticket, available in 15-minute intervals. These can be either bought online or on arrival at the main visitor entrance, the North Door. Entry is £5.00, bought in conjunction with an Abbey ticket with under 17s entering for free.

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