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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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Saturday, 23rd June 2018
St Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c 678
8:00am Holy Communion Chapel of the Holy Name
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9:00am Morning Prayer St Faith's Chapel
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5:00pm Evensong Quire
sung by the Lay Vicars

Introit: plainsong O lux beata Trinitas
Responses: plainsong
Canticles: Soriano Magnificat septimi toni
Viadana Nunc dimittis tertii toni
Anthem: Byrd Unto the hills mine eyes I lift
Voluntary: Frescobaldi Bergamasca from Fiori musicali

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

The biggest challenge we face is actually time – getting all our work done alongside the daily routine of the Abbey as a working church, visitor attraction and home to 1,000 years of history.

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