Westminster Abbey places the highest importance on the health, safety and well-being of our worshippers, visitors, staff and volunteers. In accordance with the latest government advice the Abbey is currently closed for tourist visiting. However, we remain open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily services if you are able to travel here safely within current government guidelines.
Personal photography is permitted in the Abbey church and the Cloisters, but we ask that you do not use a flash or take pictures during services.
Video recording, extra lighting, selfie sticks and tripods are not permitted, and it is not possible to take photos in the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, St Faith’s Chapel or The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.
Please see our photography page for more information, where you will also find a photo gallery of high-quality images which you can download and use free of charge.
If you want to take photos for public or professional use, please email the Press Office.
As Westminster Abbey is a church and place of daily worship, we ask you to show respect and sensitivity in the way you dress, and that gentlemen remove hats whilst in the Abbey.
In winter, it can be quite cold inside the Abbey, so please dress warmly. We also recommend sensible footwear, as the Abbey floor and steps are uneven.
You must wear a face mask whilst inside the Abbey and the Abbey Shop.
Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are located in the Cloisters.
Our toilets have social distancing measures in place. They are monitored by a member of staff and are cleaned regularly to ensure the health and safety of our visitors.
We warmly welcome children and young people to the Abbey but we ask that children under 15 are accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over.
If you have any questions or special needs for your visit, please contact [email protected].
Things to do
We have a Children’s Trail (in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German) available for free. Ask our staff for a trail when you arrive.
We run events for families during most school holidays, please see our events pages for details.
Westminster Abbey is a breastfeeding friendly venue. Please speak to a member of staff for details.
Toilets and baby changing facilities are available in the Cloisters.
Food and drink options
You can eat your packed lunch in the Cloisters or to buy lunch from the Kiosk.
We do not charge for our services. All are welcome free of charge. We take a collection at Sunday services, with the money going to nominated organisations and charities. You are welcome to contribute.
We also do not charge people who are visiting for prayer. Please enter by the Great West Door entrance - you can ask one of our Abbey Marshals on the gate for directions.
All visitors are welcome to light candles in front of the icons in the Nave of the Abbey.
Check our coronavirus page for more information about visiting us at this time.
Many people come to Westminster Abbey seeking God’s forgiveness, healing and wholeness, as part of their journey as followers of Jesus Christ.
Subject to the availability of a member of the clergy, we may be able to offer a brief pastoral conversation if there is a particular need, which we will try to make as private as possible whilst maintaining social distancing. Please speak to an Abbey Marshal in the first instance.
We regret that we cannot currently offer the Anointing of the Sick (with the laying-on-of-hands).
Social distancing measures are in place to ensure visitor safety. Please follow any instructions given to you by our staff members.
Security checks take place before entry to the Abbey. Large items, such as suitcases and large backpacks will not be admitted.
There are no luggage facilities at Westminster Abbey.
Excess Baggage Company offers left luggage facilities at Charing Cross and Victoria stations, both within walking distance of the Abbey.
See the Excess Baggage Company website for more information.
Visitors with reduced mobility
Some areas of the Abbey are inaccessible to wheelchairs and visitors with reduced mobility. We offer free admission to such visitors and their carers. You can enter through the North Door where there is a small ramped step.
We also have our own wheelchairs you can use - please ask an Abbey Marshal when you arrive.
Accessible toilets are located in the Cloisters.
Visually impaired visitors
We offer an audio described tour that has been created with the assistance of VocalEyes.
Visitors with assistance dogs
Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs are welcome. We don't allow other animals.
Visitors with hearing difficulties
The Abbey is equipped with a hearing loop system that covers the whole of the Abbey main building. This system is used at all Services.
A British Sign Language version of our multimedia tour is available. We also offer printed transcripts of the tour (in 14 languages).
These are located in the Cloisters.
For a detailed disabled access guide to Westminster Abbey, please visit the AccessAble website.
Should you require any more information regarding access please email us.
Your safety is our priority
Please be aware that some areas of the Abbey are dimly lit and some chapels have low doorways. Much of the floor and many steps are uneven, so we recommend sensible footwear.
Visiting during coronavirus (COVID-19)
To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time at the Abbey, please be aware of the new social distancing and hygiene measures in place.