Westminster Abbey is one of London’s most iconic landmarks
The Abbey has more than a thousand years of history
Experience the exquisite gothic architecture
The final resting place of 17 monarchs
See the Coronation Chair, Poets’ Corner and the stunning Lady Chapel
December 2021 to January 2022
Monday to Friday 9:30am – 3:30pm (last entry)
Saturday 9:00am – 3:30pm (last entry)
Sunday : Closed for sightseeing
Exception: Saturday 1st Jan the Abbey will open 10am instead of 9:30am.
They Abbey will close 30min after last entry.
Galleries will open 30 mins after main opening time.
On Wednesday 15th December the abbey will close at 1pm (last entry 12pm).
On Thursday 16th of December the abbey will close at 2pm (last entry 1pm).
On Monday 20th of December 2021 the abbey will close early at 2.30pm (last entry 2pm)
On Thursday 23rd of December 2021 the abbey will close early at 1pm (last entry 1pm).
Planned full closures:
The Abbey will be closed on the 24th to 25th of December 2021.
An absolutely essential part of any visit to London, Westminster Abbey is one of the city’s most iconic buildings. Steeped in over a thousand years of history, Benedictine monks first started worshipping at this site in the middle of the tenth century and the current building has been there for over 700 years.
This magnificent gothic construct is a sight to behold and the incredible stained glass is some of the most impressive in the UK.
Created for King Edward I in 1296, the chair has been the seat for the crowning of every monarch since 1308, including Queen Victoria and our current reigning Queen, HRH Elizabeth II. It is the oldest piece of furniture in the UK that is still used for its original intention.
The literary corner of the Abbey is named due to the large amount of poets and writers buried there, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Thomas Hardy, as well as many memorial stones and busts dedicated to the likes of Shakespeare and loved Scottish poet Robert Burns
Kings and Queens
Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and seventeen monarchs are buried there. The Abbey was also the place where William and Kate tied the knot in 2011.