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Each year, we welcome over a million visitors to experience this remarkable site. Founded in 960AD, with the current building over 700 years old, this living, working church is a place of worship, celebration and ceremony, and is steeped in British history. We’re generally open Monday to Saturday for visiting, and hold regular services to which all are welcome. We have a very short prayer on the hour for our visitors to pause and reflect.

Services

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Sunday, 17th February 2019
Third Sunday before Lent
8:00am Holy Communion Nave
The Book of Common Prayer said
10:00am Matins Quire

Introit: Bairstow I sat down under his shadow
Responses: Martin
Canticles: Vaughan Williams Te Deum in G
Walton Jubilate
Voluntary: Gibbons Fantasia of four parts

11:15am Sung Eucharist Quire

Setting: Byrd Mass for four voices
Motet: Byrd O sacrum convivium
Voluntary: Bach Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543

Preacher: The Reverend Jane Sinclair Canon of Westminster and Rector of St Margaret's Church

3:00pm Evensong Quire

Introit: Bairstow I sat down under his shadow
Responses: Martin
Canticles: Sumsion in G
Anthem: Harvey I love the Lord
Voluntary: Stravinsky Berceuse and Finale from L'oiseau de feu

Preacher: The Reverend Dr James Hawkey Canon in Residence

5:45pm Organ Recital Nave

Matthew Jorysz Assistant Organist

6:30pm Evening Service Nave
said with hymns

conducted by The Reverend Ralph Godsall Priest Vicar

EVERYONE'S WELCOME AT THESE SERVICES, FREE OF CHARGE.

Events at the Abbey

We host a number of public events, including concerts, lectures and special services throughout the year. Many of these are free and open to the public.

What’s on today
Events at the Abbey

Food & drink at the Abbey

Whether you want a hot meal, light snack or traditional afternoon tea, you'll find it in our Cellarium Café and Terrace, or at the Kiosk.

Take a break
Food & drink at the Abbey

Shop at the Abbey

We sell a range of merchandise inspired by the life, history, architecture of Westminster Abbey and its location in the heart of London. You can shop online and have your order shipped worldwide or collect your items at the Abbey.

Visit our shop
Shop at the Abbey

Abbey gardens

Even our gardens are historic, with the oldest said to have been cultivated for 900 years. There are four gardens open for you to enjoy from Tuesday to Thursday.

The story of the gardens
Abbey gardens

Tours at the Abbey

Multimedia guide

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You receive a free multimedia guide when you visit the Abbey during normal opening hours. The guide is available in 14 languages plus visually impaired tours. You can easily download the guide to your phone or mobile device.

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Verger-guided tours

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For 90 minutes, you'll be guided by one of the Abbey’s vergers. Running several times a day, these tours are in English only and include a visit to the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor (not open to general visitors) as well as the royal tombs, Poets’ Corner, the Lady Chapel and the nave.

Take a tour

At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

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Vanessa, Head of Conservation

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