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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

All special events include a tour of the Abbey


Remembrance

4th–6th November 2019

Listen to the story of the Unknown Warrior, then write a poem inspired by war poet, Wilfred Owen.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: £5


Christmas

9th–19th December 2019

Explore the Nativity and learn about Christmas at Westminster Abbey. In the workshop, pupils make a Christmas star to take home.

Suitable for: KS 1 and KS2

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: £5


British Values

25th–27th February 2020

Visit the Abbey and the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and discover how they support The Queen's role as Head of State. Learn about the links between church and state in Britain – the origins of our British values.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

Duration: Full Day

Cost: £7


Science Week

10th–13th March 2020

Join the Linnean Society in their 'Battle of the Beaks' experiment and meet Charles Darwin to discover his theories. Learn about scientists buried and remembered in the Abbey.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: £5


Shakespeare Week

17th–19th March 2020

Join us for a workshop guaranteed to get students roaring with patriotic pride. Learn about Shakespeare's kings and Tudor Westminster.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: £5


Easter

24th March–3rd April 2020

Learn the significance of the seasons of Lent and Easter and make an Easter decoration to take home.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: £5


Primary school students acting along with a workshop leader 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

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 student makes notes on a clipboard during a self-led visit to 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 primary school class participate in a video conference with 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.

Find out more
A girl and boy dressed as medieval monks during a visit to Westminster Abbey

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 2018/19

Westminster Abbey was nominated as one of the Best Venues for History Learning at the School
Travel Awards 2018/19. 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 2018/19 finalist

It’s very hard not to be enthusiastic working at the Abbey. If this place doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will.

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Valerie - Foundation Director

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