Coronations have taken place in Westminster Abbey since 1066, when William the Conqueror was crowned on Christmas Day. The church has been closely linked with the royal family all through its history, and that continues today with the monarch visiting the Abbey throughout the year. Explore the Abbey's links with royalty and have a go at recreating your own coronation at home.
The Royal Oak story
This story, told by Debbie Guneratne, is all about how climbing a tree saved a young man, a king and maybe his country. The Royal Oak is a gentle look at a story of danger and difficulty with a heartwarming message.Play video
Explore the long history of coronations at Westminster Abbey and find out what happens during this special service. Make your own regalia and maybe act out a coronation of your own.Play video
Visiting the Abbey
Westminster Abbey is a brilliant place for families to visit. There are animals to spot and stories to discover as you walk round. With over 3,000 people buried and remembered in the Abbey, there really is something for everyone to get excited about.
We run family activities on a variety of themes on Saturdays throughout the year and during local school holidays too. Explore the Abbey and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries with help from our exciting family trails.