Visit Kate & Wills’ wedding venue, Westminster Abbey, the coronation church of the British monarchy since the 11th century
Just a short walk from the Thames, Westminster Abbey is a must-see and a significant structure in British history. This beautiful gothic church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with many visitors to London. Complete with paintings, stained glass windows and other religious artefacts, Westminster Abbey owns the most important collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in Britain.
- — Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, Dr. Samuel Johnson and Charles Darwin are buried in the Abbey.
- — The Abbey’s history is made up of famous Kings and Queens, as well as renowned poets and priests – even heroes and villains were embroiled in its past!
- — Memorials for Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking in Scientists’ corner.
- — Westminster contains impressive statues and monuments from the Virgin Mary holding a baby Jesus to the grave of the unknown warrior.
- — The Little Cloister which leads to College Garden, the oldest garden in England, where Abbey clergy live.
Did you know:
- — In 2011 it was the venue for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
- — It’s been the nation’s Coronation church since the crowning of William the Conqueror in 1066.
- — The current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned on King Edward’s Chair, as has every monarch since 1308.
- — There are 450 tombs and monuments in the Abbey.
- — The Chapter House has one of the country’s oldest doors dating back to 1050.
- — If you look closely, the walls are littered with schoolboy graffiti from the 1700s-1800s.
The life of the abbey revolves around worship; Morning Prayer, Evensong and the Eucharist. The services are open to the public of any religious denomination.
Westminster Abbey has been actively musical since the monks of the tenth century, to the daily choir singers of today, the Choir of Westminster Abbey. The earliest pair of organs were installed in 1304 in the Lady Chapel. Some of the most celebrated British musicians, organists, singers and composers have been linked to the Abbey throughout their careers.
Since the first established bell ringing group in 1255, the Brethren of the Guild of Westminster, the bell ringers of today are comprised of a volunteer group who ring on special occasions such as saint’s days, church festivals and Royal and Abbey anniversaries.
On top of the North Tower, constructed between 1722 and 1745, sits a flag pole which flies various flags throughout the year for different occasions. The flags consist of; the Commonwealth Nations, the Flag of St Peter, the Abbey Flag, the Union Flag, the Flags of the National Saints, the Royal Air Force Flag, and the Royal Standard.
How to get there:
- — Westminster Abbey is situated in zone 1 of the London Transport Network so your travel will be included in your package if you opt for The London Pass with Oyster Travelcard.
- — Admission to the Abbey is through the West Gate of the North Green.
Make the most of your London Pass:
- — Enjoy a multimedia guide, available in 14 languages
- — The Abbey is one of the most popular attractions in London. Beat the crowds by arriving early in the morning, after 1pm in the afternoon or from 4.30pm on Wednesdays (late opening)
The busiest times of the year are April to September, Easter, Christmas and New Year
- Normally £23.00 - Included with The London Pass
- Westminster, London