Virtual classrooms

It is still possible to experience the wealth of educational opportunities without visiting the Abbey itself. Our experienced Learning Officers can join you online and tailor our interactive sessions, costumed characters and virtual tours to meet the needs, interests and age of your class.

Interactive sessions

Our Learning Officers will guide your students through an engaging, interactive session, to learn more about the Abbey as a place where faith lives and history happens. All from the comfort of your classroom.

The coronation of kings and queens has taken place at Westminster Abbey since 1066. What lies at the heart of this ancient ceremony and its rituals? Have coronations always gone to plan? What does it feel like to witness this historic event? Pull up a chair and hear tales of sleepy kings, stealthy picnics and one naughty cat in this behind the scenes guide to the Coronation.

Links: History, British Values

Suitable for: KS3

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £48 per class for UK schools

Photograph of replica coronation regalia representing the Coronations Virtual Classroom session

Edward the Confessor's death sparked one of the most momentous episodes in British History; the Norman Conquest. Edward's reign is seen as the end of Anglo-Saxon rule in England but was it in fact the beginning of Norman rule? Weigh up the evidence for yourself, examine Edward's shrine and see if you can discover more about the man behind the myth. 

Links: History, RE

Suitable for: KS3

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £48 per class for UK schools

Manuscript illumination of Edward the Confessor representing the Edward the Confessor Virtual Classroom session

Life at Westminster Abbey changed forever on the 16th January 1540. Find out about the community of monks who lived here until early Tudor times and discover the impact of Henry VIII’s Reformation on this great church using rarely seen objects from our museum.

Links: History

Suitable for: KS3

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £48 per class for UK schools

Manuscript showing Henry VIII's coronation at Westminster Abbey representing the Tudor Reformation Virtual Classroom session

Elizabeth's reign began and ended at Westminster Abbey where she was crowned and buried. Amidst the pomp and ceremony of her coronation, tensions ran high. Some watching would prove disloyal whilst others would stand by her throughout her long reign. How did Elizabeth wield her power, patronage and propaganda? Find out through an examination of the objects, monuments and portraiture in our collection. 

Links: History

Suitable for: KS4

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £48 per class for UK schools

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I representing the Elizabeth I: Power, Patronage and Propaganda Virtual Classroom session

Twice a term we offer the opportunity to find out more about key Christian beliefs and practices by joining a live event with one of our team of priests. Submit your questions in advance and then tune in to watch the live event or watch the recording. Contact us to find out the next available dates.

Links: GCSE RE

Suitable for: Upper KS3, KS4

Duration: 30-60 minutes

Cost: £48

Photograph of Dean and Chapter representing the Meet a Priest Virtual Classroom session

Costumed Video Conferences

Meet characters from Westminster Abbey’s past as your students travel back in time to explore 1,000 years of British history with the people who were there.

David Railton was the First World War priest who was struck by the idea of bringing a fallen soldier to be buried at the Abbey. Meet him as he talks about his experience in World War I, and how his vision came into reality. Find out about the grave that holds the body of an ordinary soldier from the First World War; a soldier whose story is shrouded in mystery. Was he a conscript or a volunteer? From Britain or somewhere else in the Empire? How did he die? What of his family back home? And how did he come to be at the Abbey, buried amongst the kings? 

Links: History, RE

Suitable for: Lower KS3

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £48 per class for UK schools

Photograph of member of staff dressed as Padre Railton representing the Padre Railton - WW1 soldier Virtual Classroom session

For much of its 1,000-year history, Westminster Abbey has been a place of pilgrimage. As part of the Benedictine tradition of hospitality, the Abbey’s monks welcomed and cared for pilgrims, many of whom had travelled hundreds of miles to worship at the Shrine of St Edward.

Make your own pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey and meet the poet Geoffrey Chaucer, Clerk of the King’s Works at the Palace of Westminster. Hear tales of medieval life in London and discover why pilgrimage is still so important to people around the world.

Links: History, RE

Suitable for: KS3

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £48 per class for UK schools

Manuscript illumination of monks praying representing the Brother Ralph - Pilgrimage and Medieval life Virtual Classroom session

It is 1st January 1066 and King Edward the Confessor lies upon his deathbed. Harold Godwinson, perhaps the most powerful man in the kingdom, ponders the fate of Anglo-Saxon England as no one knows who will next take the throne.

But one thing is certain; there is a long list of claimants. Can your pupils help Harold choose the next ruler of England? And could their choice signal the end of an era – the time of the Anglo-Saxons?

Links: History, RE

Suitable for: KS3

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £48 per class for UK schools

Photograph of member of staff dressed as an Anglo-Saxon representing the Harold Godwinson - The Last Anglo-Saxons Virtual Classroom session

Travel back in time to learn about health and medicine during the Victorian era and listen to Florence’s story of how she tended to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Discover the changes that Florence and her nurses made to improve conditions and prevent infections, saving the lives of many. Ask Florence what life was like living during the reign of Queen Victoria and discover more about how 'The Lady with the Lamp' is remembered at the Abbey. 

Link: History, Science

Suitable for: KS3

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes 

Cost: £48 per class for UK schools

Photograph of Florence Nightingale stained-glass window representing the Florence Nightingale - Victoria Life and Medicine Virtual Classroom session

Life is dangerous as a Tudor Queen. Meet the woman who promised Henry VIII his heart's desire...a son. Anne Boleyn captured the heart of the King although he was already married. Discover the huge religious changes that Henry made to divorce and marry Anne, breaking with hundreds of years of tradition and forming a new Church of England. 

Link: History, RE

Suitable for: KS3

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes 

Cost: £48 per class for UK schools

Photograph of member of staff dressed as Anne Boleyn representing the Anne Boleyn - Tudor England and the Reformation Virtual Classroom session

Guided virtual tours

If you are unable to visit us, we can still guide you round the Abbey using a Virtual Tour.

Our range of KS3, GCSE and A-Level virtual guided tours led by our expert Learning Officers will complement and enrich your teaching. A selection of our themed tours are available – virtually! See the unique sights such as the Coronation Chair and the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, and also learn about Christian beliefs and key features of a church in the place where faith lives and history happens.

Available tours: 

  • Abbey Highlights
  • Christian Life and Worship

Suitable for: KS3, 4 and 5

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £48 per class for UK schools

Photograph of the ceiling of Westminster Abbey representing the guided virtual tours Virtual Classroom session

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