Coronavirus guidance at the Abbey

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

Services and times

Visiting us

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

Visit us

Visiting and worshipping safely

Watch the video below and get information and guidance about visiting the Abbey.

Stay safe when you visit us

Stay safe when you visit us

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Stay safe when you visit us (BSL version)

Stay safe when you visit us (BSL version)

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Before you visit the Abbey

Before you visit the Abbey

• Try and book your ticket and time slot before you arrive to ensure easier entry to the Abbey
• Card transactions are recommended, but we do also accept cash payments

When you’re in the Abbey

When you’re in the Abbey

  • Visitors and staff are encouraged to wear face coverings.
  • Hand sanitisers will be available throughout the Abbey.
  • If you need any help during your visit, please speak to our staff.
Things you need to know

Things you need to know

We encourage all visitors to the Abbey to check-in via the NHS Test & Trace app. This is in line with the Government's COVID-19 Test and Trace programme.

If you do check-in with the NHS Test & Trace app, contact details for all visitors and service attendees will be taken and held on file for a period of 21 days. Your 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.

Anyone is welcome to the Abbey but please don’t visit us if you have the symptoms of COVID-19. Follow the guidance on the NHS website if you think you may be unwell.

Attending a service

As COVID restrictions are being lifted our services are being adapted in order to prioritise the safety all who attend our services. Therefore, there are still some COVID hygiene measures in place:

- People who are not a part of the same group will be seated a metre apart, and there will be provision for anyone who wishes to be seated at a greater distance.
- We encourage the wearing of a face coverings during services.
- Congregational singing will be re-introduced in a cautious and limited way, and we will encourage everyone to keep their face coverings on, and to sing softly.
- Holy Communion will continue to be distributed in one kind (only the bread), and clergy will continue to wear face coverings during the distribution.

To avoid disappointment, please arrive well before the advertised start time.

Worship with us

Service times

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Sunday, 26th September 2021
Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
8.00am Holy Communion Nave
The Book of Common Prayer; said
11.15am Sung Eucharist Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Martin Mass for Double Choir
Palestrina Sicut cervus
Bach Prelude in E flat BWV 552i

Preacher: The Reverend David Stanton Sub-Dean and Canon Treasurer

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3.00pm Evensong with Installation of a Lay Vicar Quire
sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey

Batten O praise the Lord
Morley Responses
Stanford in G
Brahms Geistliches Lied
Messiaen Joie et clarté des corps glorieux (Les corps glorieux)

Preacher: The Reverend Anthony Ball Canon in Residence

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5.00pm Organ Recital Nave

Bach from Clavierübung III

Prelude in E flat BWV 552i
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV 676
Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 682
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland BWV 688
Fugue in E flat BWV 552ii

Greg Morris St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey

Everyone is welcome at these services, free of charge. Some Sunday services require free tickets booked in advance.