Explore a place rich in history

The Abbey is 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 Nave of the Abbey

Why visit the Abbey

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Three tourist visitors exploring the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey

Welcome to 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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Virtual tours

Experience 1,000 years of history and find out more about the Abbey without leaving home.

We’re open to visitors most days, but as Westminster Abbey is a living working church, we may need to close some areas off to the public at times and offer reduced opening hours.

General opening times

Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 3.30pm (last entry)
Saturday: 9.00am - 3.00pm (last entry)
Sunday: Open for services

Verger-guided tours

For 90 minutes, you'll be personally guided by one of the Abbey’s vergers. This tour includes 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.

Group visits

We currently welcome guided tour groups of up to 20 visitors when accompanied by a Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Find out more about our current group visit arrangements.

How to get to the Abbey

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


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)


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.

Attend a service

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

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.

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.

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.

TripAdvisor Awards

Below are a list of awards awarded to Westminster Abbey.

Travellers’ Choice Award

Westminster Abbey was awarded the Travellers’ Choice Award in 2021. This award is given to attractions that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and that are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Westminster Abbey was awarded the 2018 Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor which 'recognises 5 consecutive years of consistently-high ratings from travellers'.

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TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence