Westminster Abbey

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Overview

Westminster Abbey is one of the two large and famous churches in central London. The other is St Paul’s Cathedral. Traditionally, Westminster Abbey has been the site of the coronations and burials of the queens and kings of England for hundreds of years. Also many great royal weddings have taken place in Westminster Abbey. Prince Williams married Catherine here in April 2011.

Important tip: Buy your tickets online: The Westminster Abbey Church is one of London’s great sights and is extremely popular. It makes sense to buy the tickets for the church in advance on the Internet on a well-known website. An audio guide is already included if you buy the ticket on this great webpage.

What’s there to see?

For the first time, probably in the eighth century, a church stood on the site where Westminster Abbey stands today. The present building dates from the 13th century and is predominantly Gothic in style.

There is a lot to see in Westminster Abbey. On the one hand, the many graves of kings and statesmen are interesting in the impressive building. There is also a good museum in the church. The highlight for many visitors is the richly decorated coronation chair on which the queens and kings of England have been crowned for centuries. All the kings of England have been crowned in this church for centuries.

About 20 former queens and kings have found their last rest in the abbey church. Also the grave of many other very important people is in the church. For example, the graves of Charles Darwin (researcher), Charles Dickens (writer), Isaac Newton (scientist) and Robert Stephenson (inventor) are in Westminster Abbey.

Westminster is the part of London where the church is located.  An abbey is a monastery where an abbot presides.

Close by:  London’s landmark, the Big Ben Tower, is only 100 metres away. The famous Downing Street 10 and the largest Ferris wheel in Europe can also be reached on foot in a few minutes from the church of Westminster. Also to the Aquarium Sea Life, opposite at the other bank of the Thames, it is only 200 metres.

Information for the visitor

Opening hours Westminster Abbey 2019: Opening hours vary from day to day depending on church services and other events in the church. Westminster Abbey is usually open daily except Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until the early or late afternoon.

Admission Westminster Abbey early 2019: In London, most sightseeing attractions do not cost admission or the admission price is rather high. Westminster Abbey unfortunately costs 20 pounds for adults (as of February 2017) and 6 to 17 pounds for children and students. Families get some discount. Adults (parents) with one child pay £40, with two children £45. As far as we know, you cannot walk around Westminster Abbey freely, but you have to follow a given tour. There are other significant discounts on the admission price for groups, for example. Pensioners and others over 60 pay £17.

Important tip: Buy your tickets online: The Westminster Abbey Church is one of London’s great sights and is extremely popular. It makes sense to buy the tickets for the church in advance on the Internet on a well-known website. An audio guide is already included if you buy the ticket on this great webpage.

With a London Pass you can visit the church for free. The London Pass is a tourist ticket for one or more days for many sights in London, also available as an option with local transport ticket and Hop On / Hop Off bus. You can buy the London Pass online

Westminster Abbey by Underground: Take the subway to Tube Station with the simple name “Westminster” in the heart of London. Three lines meet here (Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line and Jubilee Line). The church can be reached quickly and easily by public transport.    >>>>  London Oyster Card (public transport card) buy online

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