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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey is no longer open for public worship, general visiting or private prayer. Meanwhile, the community of Abbey clergy, privately and following guidance given, will sustain the worship of a building that has been a witness to God’s grace and glory for over a thousand years.

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Westminster Abbey is a living church at the heart of the nation’s story where more than 1,000 years of British history and pilgrimage can be explored under one roof. A warm welcome awaits all in this sacred space.

Our Abbey Highlights Tour includes:

  • Coronation Chair
  • Cosmati Pavement - site of coronations
  • Royal tombs
  • Grave of the Unknown Warrior
  • Poets’ Corner

This tour can be tailored to suit your study topic.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

Tour duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: £4


Make something to take back to school in one of our add-on workshops for just £1 extra:

  • Stained glass shrinkies
  • Medieval tiles
  • Pilgrim badges

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

Abbey Highlights Tour and Workshop duration: 2 hours

Cost: £5

Maximum group size: 30 students per session


A member of the learning team takes a primary school on a guided tour of Westminster Abbey

Duration of tours: 1.5 hours | Cost: £4


Christian Life and Worship

Explore sacred signs and symbols and find out more about key Christian beliefs and practice.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2


Pilgrimage

Discover why Westminster Abbey has attracted pilgrims through the ages and visit the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2


A member of the learning teams asks a primary school group a question during a tour of Westminster Abbey

Duration of tours: 1.5 hours | Cost: £4


Edward the Confessor

Travel back a thousand years to hear about the Abbey during the life of the Anglo-Saxon king, Edward the Confessor.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2


The Tudors

All but one of the Tudor monarchs are buried here. See their tombs and visit Henry VII’s chapel described as 'the wonder of the world'.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2


Kings, Queens & Coronations

Become a monarch for the day and find out about the coronations of some of Britain’s most famous kings and queens.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2


Three Queens

Find out about the Abbey’s links to three extraordinary queens: Elizabeth I, Victoria and Elizabeth II.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2


A group of primary school students huddle around a guide during a tour of Westminster Abbey

Duration of tours: 1.5 hours | Cost: £4


British Values

Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance. Find out how Westminster Abbey underpins and upholds core British values.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2


The Abbey and Parliament

See where Parliament met in medieval times and explore the links between the Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2


A primary school student makes notes in a notebook during a visit to Westminster Abbey

Tour and Galleries visit duration: 2 hours | Cost: £5


Visit the stunning Galleries high above the east end of the Abbey and view some of the rare and unusual objects in the Abbey collection. A visit to the Galleries must be booked as an add-on tour.


A primary school class visit The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries
A primary school student makes notes on a clipboard during a self-led visit to Westminster Abbey

Self-led visits

Schools are welcome to come and explore the Abbey without a guide on self-led visits. We have trails available to download to support your visit. The trails cover a range of topics, including Church and State, Maths, Tudors, Christianity, Super Scientists and Charles Dickens.

Plan your self-led visit
A primary school class participate in a video conference with Westminster Abbey

Video-conferencing

Book a video-conference session led by our education officers, and your students can talk to us live, on a topic of your choice. Video-conferences are free of charge and can be booked at a time to suit you. Please call us to discuss your requirements.

Pay us a virtual visit
A girl and boy dressed as medieval monks during a visit to Westminster Abbey

Outreach workshops

Our themed outreach workshops and Abbey tours are free for school groups in some London boroughs. The workshops can be tailored to the needs of your class, and the tours include a visit to a secret area of the Abbey, not normally accessible to visitors.

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Free visits for eligible schools

We encourage visits from all UK schools. However, we recognise that the cost of a visit can be a barrier.

Schools with 35% or more pupils eligible for free school meals may book a free guided tour of the Abbey. 

All maintained schools in the boroughs listed may bring one whole Key Stage 2 (Y3–6) year group for free for any guided tour this academic year.

Email us to find out more and book your visit: [email protected]

Eligible Boroughs:
Barking and Dagenham
Brent
Camden
Enfield
Greenwich
Hackney
Haringey
Islington
Lambeth
Lewisham
Newham
Southwark
Tower Hamlets
Waltham Forest
Westminster

Free visits subject to availability

School travel awards 2019/20

Westminster Abbey won the award for Best Venue for History Learning at the School
Travel Awards 2019/20. Organised by School Travel Organiser magazine, the awards recognise
those in the education sector who excel in providing exciting and educational trips for
Primary and Secondary schools.

School Travel Awards 2019/20 Winner for Best Venue for History Learning

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

The Reverend Christopher Stoltz - Minor Canon

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