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Top sights in London
In the heart of London, one of England's most famous churches is not only the location of national events - perhaps most recently, the Royal Wedding - but also the burial ground of some of the country's key historical figures.
England's heritage is rich with Saxon influences. Saebert ruled in the 6th century and is celebrated as one of the first kings to convert from pagan religions to Christianity.
Her reign spanned the Anglo-Spanish war and English settlement in the Americas, but she is also known for ordering the execution of her cousin, Queen Mary of Scotland.
Dickens was the author of A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations - works which have created cultural ripples in TV and film.
Sir Newton, who studied at Cambridge, is famous for discovering gravity when an apple fell on his head from a tree.
The father of the notorious Henry VIII has his very own chapel area and is buried next to his wife. Their tomb is luxurious, gold, and in Renaissance style to reflect their wealth.
Photography is not permitted in the church area, only in the cloisters. There will be clear guidance as to where these areas are - if in doubt, ask someone who works there.
Even if they are not physically buried at the Abbey, there are many memorial stones to famous influencers - among them the Bronte sisters, Martin Luther King, Jr., and William Shakespeare.
As it is a church, visitors are asked to take care in how they dress when visiting Westminster Abbey - no hats and knees and shoulders covered.
Large luggage items can't be brought inside the building - it is recommended that you check them into the secure storage facilities at one of London's major rail stations.
- When should I visit?Visiting hours vary by day, so make sure you check online to plan ahead.
- Is it expensive?Adult tickets are £20 with family package and concessions options available. Audio-guides are included in the price.
- Will I need a guide?It's a great way to see some of London, and the Abbey! A guide will be able to lead you directly to the most famous grave sites.
- How to get thereTake the tube to St. James's Park or Westminster, or check the bus schedule for numerous options.
- Additional information
- Sensible footwear is advised! Much of the flooring is uneven.
- A disabled-access tour plan can be found online at the DisabledGo website.
What people are saying about Westminster Abbey
Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell have long passed on but their names will always be remembered, as will the legacies they left behind. They will be remembered by nurses and the general public. They died in very different circumstances, but both rose against unacceptable conditions and conventions; as a consequence changes followed for which the world is and always will be grateful. The lamp of Florence Nightingale continues to shed light on nursing and healthcare in general, and Edith Cavell's teaching on how to treat everybody without exception equal is what has moved nursing into the twenty-first century and made it into the highly respected profession it is today. We will always remember them.
The last bit is more exciting than the first bit. But she made it exciting, meaning that all in whole excellent. From Westminster upward was fantastic loved it, and she’s a top business girl with range skills and her good communication
Our visit to Westminster was wonderful. The lines were very reasonable and the flow through the Abbey was very nice. The audio guide was fantastic. Extremely informative while allowing you to tour at your own pace.
I’d print your voucher and take with you for ease of access. The church is spectacular and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
We are glad we had a guided tour in Westminster Abbey. So much knowledge to be learned that we wouldn’t have known without Trudy guiding us along. Also, loved the secret place we got to stand at to watch the guards go into their barracks. A nice surprise for us!!