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:
Thursday 8 November closed
Friday 9 November closed
Saturday 10 November closed
Thursday 22 November open from 14:00 – 15:30
Tuesday 4 - closed
Friday 7 -open 13.00-16.30
Tuesday 18- open 09.30-12.00
Wednesday 19 open 9.30 - 13.00
Friday 21 -open 09.30-14.00
Monday 24 -closed
Tuesday 25 December- closed
Friday 18 January - closed
Thursday 31 Jauary open 2pm - 3:30pm
Westminster Abbey is a working church and subject to occasional closures due to Special Services
Due to increased security on entering the Abbey, please allow for more time.
The Abbey is a fully working church therefore we are subject to closures at short notice. Monday to Friday – Due to daily service there will be no entry between 1200-1300. However visitors already in the Abbey do not need to leave during this time.
To help make the most of your visit, an audio guide is offered free with your entry ticket. The tour is available in twelve languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese. The tour can be downloaded to your phone ahead of your visit, or you can pick up a hand-held guide when you arrive.
It is not possible to enter Westminster Abbey, either for worship or as a visitor, with large bulky items of luggage. Similarly, it is not possible to bring into services bags, rucksacks or suitcases that would not be classed as hand luggage on aircraft. Left luggage facilities are operated at Charing Cross and Victoria stations, both of which are within walking distance of the Abbey.
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.
In order to gain entry you must present a printed copy of your voucher.
Your ticket entitles you to visit at the next available time during opening hours. This ticket is valid for single entry use within 48 hours of the date indicated on the ticket. Please note that Westminster Abbey is subject to short term closures on certain dates so please check opening hours on the website prior to visiting
Please take your voucher to the North Door at Westminster Abbey in exchange for entry.
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.
Children are aged 6-16 years of age inclusive
Children under 5 are free but must be accompanied by an adult
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