Coronavirus guidance at the Abbey

Find out about current COVID hygiene guidance and recommendations when coming to the Abbey to visit or worship.

Updated: 2nd March 2022

Get the latest COVID information and advice via the NHS website.

Visiting

Before you visit

Before you visit

Anyone is welcome in the Abbey but please don’t visit us if you or anyone in your household has the symptoms of COVID-19.

Booking and rescheduling

Try and book your ticket and time slot in advance to ensure guaranteed entry to the Abbey. Book your tickets. Card transactions are recommended, but we do accept cash payments.

Tickets and pre-booked tours are non-refundable, however, if your plans are impacted by changing COVID-19 guidance/regulations or infection/self-isolation, you can use your unused ticket anytime within 12 months of your original date of visit. Email [email protected] if you have any questions or if you need to rebook a pre-booked tour. 

During your visit

During your visit

  • Face coverings are optional when inside the Abbey, Abbey Shop and St Margaret's Church.
  • Social distancing is encouraged in areas which are small and confined.
  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout the Abbey.
  • If you need any help during your visit, please speak to our staff.

Visiting us

Find out how you can currently visit us, discover when we are open and book tickets.

Visit us

Attending a regular service

Before the service

Before the service

Anyone is welcome in the Abbey but please don’t visit us if you or anyone in your household has the symptoms of COVID-19. 

Digital Order of Service

We are encouraging the use of our digital Order of Service, which can be downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet. Create a homescreen button that will guide you automatically to the current order of service.

Booking

Unless specifically noted, there is no need to book tickets. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start time.

During the service

During the service

  • Some socially-distanced seating is available in the Nave.
  • The wearing of face coverings during services is optional.
  • Congregational singing has been re-introduced.
  • Holy Communion will continue to be distributed in one kind (only the bread), and clergy will continue to wear face coverings during the distribution.

Service times

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Saturday, 28th May 2022
Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, scholar, 1089
8.00am Holy Communion St Margaret's Church
said
8.40am Morning Prayer St Margaret's Church
said
5.00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Byrd O Rex gloriae
Byrd and Quinney Responses
Mundy in three parts
Tomkins Thou art my King, O God
Gibbons A Fancy in Gamut Flatt

View Order of Service

Everyone is welcome at these services, free of charge. SECURITY CHECKS ARE IN PLACE UPON ENTRY.