Westminster Abbey is a historic and majestic church in London, England. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a royal peculiar, meaning it is directly under the authority of the monarch. It has been the site of many important events in British history, such as coronations, royal weddings, burials, and memorials.
If you want to visit Westminster Abbey, you will need to buy a ticket online or at the entrance. The ticket prices are £23 for adults, £20 for seniors and students, £10 for children aged 6-16, and free for children under 5. The ticket includes an audio guide and access to most areas of the church. You can also book a guided tour for an extra fee.
The opening hours of Westminster Abbey are Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The church is closed for visiting on Sundays and some other days due to services or special events. You can check the calendar on the official website before you go.
To get to Westminster Abbey, you can take the tube to Westminster station (Jubilee, District, and Circle lines) or St James’s Park station (District and Circle lines). You can also take the bus to Westminster Abbey (routes 11, 24, 88, 148, and 211) or Parliament Square (routes 3, 12, 53, 87, 159, and 453).
Some tips for visiting Westminster Abbey are:
- Plan your visit in advance and book your ticket online to avoid queues and save money.
- Allow at least two hours to explore the church and its treasures.
- Respect the rules of silence and photography. No photography or filming is allowed inside the church, except in the cloisters and the College Garden. You should also keep quiet and switch off your mobile phone during your visit.
If you visit Westminster Abbey, here are some of the things you can see:
- The Coronation Chair: This wooden chair has been used for every coronation since 1308. It contains the Stone of Scone, a symbol of Scottish sovereignty that was taken by Edward I in 1296 and returned to Scotland in 1996.
- The Poets’ Corner: This area of the south transept contains the graves and memorials of many famous writers, such as Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and more.
- The Lady Chapel: This beautiful chapel was built by Henry VII in the early 16th century. It has a magnificent fan-vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows. It is also the burial place of Elizabeth I, Mary I, Mary Queen of Scots and other royals.
- The Cloisters: These are the covered walkways that surround the central courtyard of the abbey. They are decorated with carvings, paintings and monuments. They also lead to the Chapter House, where the monks used to meet and where some of the oldest documents in English history are displayed.
- The Abbey Museum: This museum displays some of the treasures and relics of the abbey, such as royal effigies, medieval vestments, coronation regalia and more.