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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey remains open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily Eucharist service if you are able to travel here safely within current government guidelines.

However, for the time being we are unable to open the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church for general visiting.

Outreach workshops

Bring faith and history to life for your pupils with our outreach workshops and linked tours of Westminster Abbey. A member of our team will visit the school and deliver a workshop guaranteed to educate and entertain. We will work closely with you to ensure that all sessions are safe. You can also provisionally book your Abbey tour for later in the academic year when visits are more likely to be possible.

Costs and Eligibility

The complete package (workshop and linked tour) costs £50 for up to 60 pupils.

All primary schools in Greater London are eligible.


A Pilgrim's Tale

Pilgrimage has always been an integral part of life and worship at Westminster Abbey. Under the guidance of Geoffrey Chaucer, the famous medieval poet, your pupils will be transported on a journey around the world's pilgrimage sites, exploring the beliefs and practices of Christianity and other faiths. The session includes the chance to make a medieval-style pilgrim's badge.  

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

We recommend booking this workshop alongside either our RE Pilgrimage Tour or Abbey Highlights Tour. See our tours listings for further information on these.


A question and answer session for primary school students at Westminster Abbey

Monarchy – How to film your own coronation

Your pupils will travel back in time to the year 1953 to help our television director film the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II. How can they avoid the disasters of previous coronations and make sure this one goes without a hitch? The children will learn how Westminster Abbey became the nation’s Coronation Church before creating their own ceremony. By the end of the session, the children will have explored the different roles within a coronation, and made their own coronation crown.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

We recommend booking this workshop alongside either our Kings, Queens & Coronations Tour or Abbey Highlights Tour. See our tours listings for further information on these.


The Last Anglo-Saxons

Edward the Confessor lies on his deathbed and the kingdom is in crisis - who is the rightful heir? Guided by an Anglo-Saxon, your pupils will hear of the fates of previous kings and decode secret messages in Anglo-Saxon runes, before holding their own royal council to consider the case for each claimant. Perhaps, after all, it may not even be an Anglo-Saxon! The workshop culminates with your pupils making their own Anglo-Saxon runic stones.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

We recommend booking this workshop alongside either our Edward the Confessor Tour or Abbey Highlights Tour. See our tours listings for further information on these.


A guide explains the coronation ceremony to a group of students sat in front of the Coronation Chair

Parliament Power

The year is 1647. With King Charles a prisoner of Parliament, it would seem the English Civil War has finally ended. But with the Monarch, Parliament and the Church fighting for pre-eminence, only the bravest would invite a Puritan into their classroom. Your pupils will work alongside a zealot of the age to investigate the rules that underpin our liberty, and create their own book of laws to try and bring peace to a world of chaos. Finally, the pupils will make their own seal to make their laws truly official.

Suitable for: KS1 and KS2

We recommend booking this workshop alongside either our British Values Tour or Abbey Highlights Tour. See our tours listings for further information on these.


A group of primary school students pose with their workshop leader outside Westminster Abbey

It’s very hard not to be enthusiastic working at the Abbey. If this place doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will.

Valerie - Foundation Director

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