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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.

Your time with us

Tips from our team

We do everything we can to ensure that your visit is easy and enjoyable. If you have any questions, you should find the answer here - or ask our team of Marshals when you visit us.

Your questions answered
An Abbey Marshal outside Westminster Abbey's North Door

Visiting the Abbey

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Services

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Wednesday, 20th November 2019
St Edmund, King of the East Angles, martyr, 870
7:30am Morning Prayer St Faith's Chapel
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8:00am Holy Communion St Faith's Chapel
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12:30pm Holy Communion St Margaret's Church
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5:00pm Evening Prayer Quire
said with a hymn

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
The audience at a lecture in Westminster Abbey applaud the speaker

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
A scone, cut in half and topped with jam and clotted cream on a white plate

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
Yellow daffodils in bloom with Westminster Abbey behind

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.

Find out more

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

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

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The Reverend Christopher Stoltz - Minor Canon

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