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Westminster Abbey


Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s great churches, with a history stretching back over a thousand years. Every year more than a million visitors from around the world come to explore this wonderful 700-year-old building. Thousands more come to worship at the daily services which are at the heart of life at the Abbey.

The Abbey is the burial place of many great men and women in history. In the Nave is the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, honouring not only the fallen of the First World War, but also the millions who have died since in international military conflict.

In Poets’ Corner, you will be surrounded by memorials to writers including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and many others. Great scientists, musicians and politicians are also remembered in the Abbey, including Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, George Frederic Handel and Sir Winston Churchill.

Dress code: Westminster Abbey is a Church and a place of daily worship. Visitors are requested to dress modestly and that gentlemen remove their hats while in Church. 

Disabled access: The Abbey is a working church please be aware before you visit that some of the areas may be dimly lit, much of the Abbey floor and steps are uneven so sensible footwear is advised also that there is low doorway access to some chapels.

Some areas of the Abbey are unavoidably inaccessible to people permanently confined to wheelchairs. Visitors should enter via the North Door, where there is a small ramped step.

Abbey closures due to Special Services:

Please see confirmation below of Abbey closures due to Special Services in November:

December 2018

Tuesday 18: 9.30 until 12.00

Wednesday 19: 9.30 until 13.00

Friday 21: 9.30 until 13.00

Monday 24: closed all day

Tuesday 25: closed all day

Wednesday 26th : 10.00 until 15.30 

January 2019

Friday 18: closed all day

Thursday 31: 14.00 until 15.30 

February 2019

No closures to date