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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.


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Sunday, 16th December 2018
Third Sunday of Advent
8:00am Holy Communion Nave
The Book of Common Prayer said
10:00am Matins Quire

Introit: Clucas Wake, O wake
Responses: Tomkins
Canticles: Purcell in B flat
Voluntary: Bach Nun freut euch, liebe Christen, gemein BWV 734

11:15am Sung Eucharist Quire

Setting: Mozart Missa brevis in D K194
Motet: attr Redford Rejoice in the Lord alway
Voluntary: Mozart Fantasia in F K608

Preacher: The Reverend Christopher Stoltz Minor Canon and Precentor

3:00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Introit: Eccard Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
Responses: Tallis
Canticles: Tallis Short Service
Anthem: Parsons O bone Jesu
Voluntary: Sweelinck Fantasia super Ut re mi fa sol la

Preacher: The Reverend Anthony Ball Canon in Residence

5:45pm A Christmas Meditation Nave
The Choristers of Westminster Abbey and David Suchet CBE

Benjamin Britten A Ceremony of Carols


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


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


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

It’s a privilege to live and work here – the Abbey really is the heart of the country and its history.


Martin - The Dean’s Verger

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