Explore a place rich in history

Explore a place that's touched the lives of kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers, poets, priests, heroes and villains since 960AD. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the resting place of more than 3,000 great Britons.

The Abbey will re-open for visiting from Friday 21st May and we look forward to welcoming you back.

We will have limited opening hours - please check our opening times for the day you wish to visit when booking your ticket.

At present access to side chapels (including those in the Lady Chapel) and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries is not possible due to social distancing guidelines.

Visit the Abbey

We warmly welcome many visitors each year to discover over ten centuries of British history in this remarkable building.

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When you visit us

To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time at the Abbey, please be aware of the new social distancing and hygiene measures in place.

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General information

We’re open to visitors most days as of Friday 21st May, but as Westminster Abbey is a living working church, we may need to close some areas off to the public at times.

Areas that are closed

While we have social distancing in place, the following areas are closed to visitors:

- All the ambulatory side chapels
- Elizabeth I and Mary Tudor tombs
- Mary Queen of Scots tomb
- The Galleries (opening in July)

Opening times: 21st May - end of June

May

Friday 21st May: 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Saturday 22nd May: 10:00am - 1:00pm 
Friday 28th May: 10:00am - 1:00pm 
Saturday 29th May: 10:00am - 1:00pm 
Monday 31st May: 10:00am - 1:00pm 

June

Friday 4th June: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday 5th June: 10:00am - 1:00pm 
Monday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th: 09:30am - 3.30pm
Tuesday 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th: 09:30am - 3.30pm 
Friday 11th, 18th, 25th: 09:30am - 3.30pm 
Saturday 12th, 19th, 26th: 09:00am - 1:00pm 

 

How to get to the Abbey

The Chapter Office, Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3PA

Underground

Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines)
St. James’s Park (District and Circle Lines)

National Rail

London Victoria (0.8 miles)
London Waterloo (0.8 miles)

Buses

Find your best journey via the Transport for London website

Plan your visit

Our plan your visit page has everything you need to know about visiting the Abbey.

Plan your visit

Attend a service

For a unique experience, attend one of the Abbey’s daily services – check the listing to find one that suits you.

Service listings

Inside the Abbey

At the heart of the nation

A place for worship, celebration and ceremony, many of Britain’s most significant historic moments of the past one thousand years have happened here. Since 1066, the Abbey has hosted every coronation, and is the final resting place for the great kings, queens, poets, musicians, scientists and politicians of our past. We’d love you to come and take a look.

Our history
The Coronation Chair on a stepped wooden podium surrounded by gold-fringed red curtain in St George's Chapel, Westminster Abbey

The Coronation Chair

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Statues and monuments in Poets' Corner, including William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Jane Austen

Poets' Corner

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Kings, queens and royal visits

The Abbey has hosted many of Britain’s most significant historic events. It has been the coronation church since 1066, and we’ve held 16 royal weddings. 30 kings and queens are buried here.

Royalty

Famous names of the Abbey

More than 3,000 famous people are buried and many others commemorated in the Abbey, including kings and queens, writers, musicians, scientists, politicians, and noblemen and women.

Support Us

Support Us

Support from our visitors and donors helps us care for the Abbey and keeps us open as a living working church. We are independent and receive no funding from the Church, the Government or, the Crown. So, your help really counts.

How you can help

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