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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.

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

Abbey Highlights Tour + Workshop duration: 2 hours | Cost: £5


Abbey Highlights Tour

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.


Pilgrimage
Discover why Westminster Abbey has attracted pilgrims through the ages and visit the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor.


RE tours

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.


Two Queens
Find out about the Abbey’s links to two extraordinary women: Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II.


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'.


History tours

Duration of tours: 1.5 hours | Cost: £4


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.


British Values
Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance. Find out how Westminster Abbey underpins and upholds core British values.


The Abbey and Parliament
See where Parliament met in medieval times and explore the links between the Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.


British values tours

All special events include a tour of the Abbey


Remembrance

30th-31st October, 1st November 2018

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

Duration: 2 hours | Cost: £5


Christmas

3rd-6th and 12th-14th December 2018

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

Duration: 2 hours | Cost: £5


British Values

26th-28th February 2019

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.

Duration: Full Day | Cost: £7


Science Week

12th-14th March 2019

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.

Duration: 2 hours | Cost: £5


Shakespeare Week

20th-21st March 2019

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

Duration: 2 hours | Cost: £5


Special events

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
Self-led visits

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
Video-conferencing

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
Outreach workshops

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 (September 2018–June 2019).

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

You are surrounded by history at the Abbey, not like a museum where it’s just displayed, but here you are standing where history has happened.

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Gerlinde - Abbey Marshal

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