Services & times


Remembering St Edward, 13th-17th October 2021

Illuminated manuscript showing St Edward the Confessor

During Edwardtide, we celebrate the life of St Edward the Confessor, King of England 1042–1066 and the re-founder of Westminster Abbey. St Edward was canonised in 1161, and to this day, pilgrims come to pray at his shrine.

Join us in this feast to commemorate the life and work of St Edward, king and confessor, in prayer and praise. Everyone is welcome.


Wednesday 13th October 2021

The Translation of St Edward the Confessor, 1163, 1269

5.00pm – Sung Eucharist

Friday 15th October 2021

5.00pm – Evensong sung by the Choirs of Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral

Saturday 16th October 2021

National Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor

10:00am - Abbey opens for pilgrims

11.30am – Festival Eucharist
Preacher: The Very Reverend Michael Tavinor

3.00pm – First Evensong of the Dedication of Westminster Abbey

Sunday 17th October 2021

Dedication of Westminster Abbey, 1269

11.15am – Sung Eucharist on the Dedication of Westminster Abbey

3.00pm – Evensong celebrating the Feast of the Dedication of Westminster Abbey in the presence of The Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Mayors of the London Boroughs 

National pilgrimage day

Our annual pilgrimage day gives you the opportunity to visit the Abbey with other pilgrims, and experience its beauty and space in an atmosphere characterised by prayer. Everyone will be able to pray at the Shrine of St Edward – the only shrine in this country that still contains the body of the saint.