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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public worship will resume in the Abbey from 3rd December, and we will be open for visiting on selected days from 11th December.

In the meantime, the Abbey remains open for individual prayer and you are welcome to visit at the following times:

Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Attending a service

People from all over the world visit Westminster Abbey to join our services, which form part of a tradition of daily Christian worship dating back to the tenth century. Here we answer some of the questions you might have about them.

We have changed the times of our regular services due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Our current schedule is:

Sunday
8.00am - Holy Communion
10.00am - Matins (said)
11.15am - Sung Eucharist - You must book tickets for this service
3.00pm - Evensong
4.30pm - Organ Recital
6.30pm - Evening Service

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8.00am - Morning Prayer
12.30pm - Holy Communion
5.00pm - Choral Evensong

Wednesday
8.00am - Morning Prayer
12.30pm - Holy Communion
5.00pm - Evening Prayer

Saturday
8.30am - Morning Prayer
9.00am - Holy Communion
3.00pm - Evening Prayer

Please check our service listings for full details of our daily services.

Entrance is via the Great West Door, apart from the 6.00pm Evening Service on Sundays which is held in St Margaret's Church.

The organ will be played at Evening Prayer (except Fridays) and at the 11.15am Eucharist on Sundays.

Services of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer last for 15-20 minutes. The weekday Eucharist lasts 25-30 minutes, and about an hour on Sundays.

Holy Communion can only be offered in one kind (the bread only) under current guidance, and can only be received into the hand, not on the tongue.

Tickets must be booked for our Sunday morning Sung Eucharist services, due to social distancing measures. For all other services, please note that we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend. We suggest you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

In line with the Government's COVID-19 Test and Trace programme, contact details for all service attendees will be taken and held on file for a period of 21 days. Attendee details will only be used, if necessary, in conjunction with the Test and Trace programme and Westminster Abbey will not process this data for any other purpose.

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No, there’s no charge to attend a service at Westminster Abbey.

We take a collection at Sunday services, with the money going to nominated organisations and charities. You are welcome to contribute.

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Everyone’s welcome at all our regular services, free of charge.

Tickets must be booked for our Sunday morning Sung Eucharist services, due to social distancing measures. For all other services, please note that we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend. We suggest you arrive early to avoid disappointment

For most of our special services, attendance is by invitation only. You can apply for free tickets to some special services, check our special services listings for details.

You’ll also need tickets for some of our popular Christmas services. Free tickets are usually available from mid-November.

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For most services, you’ll use the Great West Door, which is on The Sanctuary. If you’re not sure where to enter, please ask a member of staff.

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We don’t have a specific dress code, but for services we ask you to dress in a respectful way and that gentlemen remove hats. Also, please bear in mind that it can be quite cold inside the Abbey during the winter.

There is no requirement for you to wear a face-covering in the Abbey, but you are welcome to do so if you wish.

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Yes, you are welcome to visit us for private prayer. We do not charge to visit simply for prayer.

Please enter through the Great West Door entrance – you can ask an Abbey Marshal on the gate for directions.

All visitors are welcome to light candles in front of the icons in the Nave of the Abbey.

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Prayers are regularly said in the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor but we are not currently able to allow the public into the Shrine due to social distancing measures.

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).

We welcome serving clergy free of charge during visiting hours. Please come to the Great West Door entrance and speak to one of our marshals.

Members of the clergy from any denomination in the UK can also apply for a church pass. This lets up to four members of your congregation visit the Abbey free of charge during visiting hours. You can use passes up to six times a year. Please note: church passes are available only to UK parishes and chaplaincies.

For more information about clergy visits, please contact:

Tiggy Sawbridge, Canons’ PA
020 7654 4805
[email protected]

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The Abbey has a distinctive role within the Church of England. It is neither a cathedral nor a parish church, and it stands outside the normal jurisdiction of bishops and archbishops. It is instead a ‘Royal Peculiar’ – the status granted to it in 1560 by Elizabeth I, under which the Dean and Chapter are directly answerable to the Sovereign.

Today's services

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Monday, 30th November 2020
St Andrew the Apostle, patron of Scotland
There are no services on this day

Everyone is welcome at these services, free of charge.

At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

Vanessa, Head of Conservation

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