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Westminster Abbey, London

Ever since William the Conqueror's coronation here in 1066, Westminster Abbey has remained one of England's most important religious and ceremonial sites. Every English and British monarch after William also received his or her crown here. More than 600 monuments and memorials in the abbey honor famous Britons. The current building is over 700 years old. Note the many intricate details, including stained-glass windows, tapestries, monumental sculptures, and flying buttresses. Spend extra time in Poets' Corner, where poets and writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Charles Dickens are buried. After you finish walking around the abbey, head down to its museum. The oldest part of the complex, it contains many royal and religious artifacts and displays wax effigies of past monarchs. You can use a complimentary audio guide you or hire a verger (a layperson providing services to the church) as a guide for a small extra fee, an option which can provide rich context to your visit. For travelers who use our international travel planner, London holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Westminster Abbey and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Online cards ordered (ca £ 5 discount) and need no long queue to get in. An audio tour is a must in order to get more information. It's busy but it was still possible to walk in their own pace.
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  • We lucked out on our visit by arriving on a Wednesday where they offered later hours of operations to visit the Abbey. This worked perfect as we were in the area and honestly I'm unsure how we would h...  more »
  • Upon entering Westminster, you feel the history. The Abbey is beautiful but is its atmosphere to make it truly a visit not to be missed. The audio guide is free and very well done and listening you will learn quite a bit of English history. In my opinion worth every last penny required to enter.
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  • This was my first trip to London. I traveled from Texas to London for one day to spend it with my daughter on her birthday. She was doing a semester abroad. While she was in class, I had a bunch of time to kill. I wanted to take in as many sights as I could in the allotted time that I had. I had mapped out the optimal route of the things I had to see. And Westminster Abbey was on that list as well as on my route. I didn’t have time to go inside to take a look around like I did at Westminster Cathedral. But I made sure I walked around the grounds and admired the beautiful architecture. You don’t have to be a religious person to admire and respect such a glorious piece history. The earliest known recordings of the abbey date back to around the late 960’s to early 970’s. Since King Henry and William the Conqueror had their coronations at the abbey in 1066, every English and British Monarch had their coronation there as well. (Except Edward V and VII, who were never crowned) The Abbey has so much history it would be very difficult to put it all here. I highly recommend the next time you are in London, more specifically Westminster. Be sure to stop by and visit Westminster Abbey. As I said, you don’t have to be religious to respect the beauty of this church. In my opinion, you will not be disappointed.
  • I'm sad that I couldn't take pictures here. This place was beyond beautiful. To see the rooms of so many important figures in history is just incredible. The audio guide was very well done. Everything was marked clearly, and you could listen to scrap sections or just what you wanted to. If you get the chance to go, you should.
  • We went here when spending 4.5 days in London. We loved it. The audio tour was included in the entrance cost and again, it was worth it for sure. We like the go at your own pace style of the audio tours in general. My favorite spot is the tomb of the unknown soldier! There is plenty to see here and we spent 2 hours. We even got to sit through one of the hourly prayers. It’s quite a beautiful place and seeing the coronation chair was very cool!! Be respectful please. No pictures inside!!
  • Like to see the image of Christ sitting in majesty above the western doorway. Also St. George on the top of pillar in front of the Western front.....main entrance for daily services. My two favourite views. But don't forget there us the Eastern view.
  • Absolutely beautiful. Listen to the smooth voice of Jeremy Irons as you drift your way through the amazing architecture and chapels. Hall of Poets is highlight for those not overly religious.
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