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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 there
- Take 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
This was one of the best tours I've ever been on! The guides for the walking tour were looking for us to arrive and just asked for our names. Rosie, the guide for our group was extremely friendly and knowledgeable! I'd definitely go with her again! She provided headsets, so there was no trouble hearing everything she had to say. We had an opportunity to sit down in the shade at one point. Then we were dropped off at the War Room Tour. I'd allow at least 3 hours to see the Churchill Museum and the War Rooms. An audio guide was included with the price. I have minor claustrophobia, but managed fine even though we were underground those few hours. There are marked exits and personnel available throughout, so that helped. But if you have a great deal of problem with claustrophobia, this is not the tour for you. It was, to sum up, memorable and inspiring! I can't say enough!
What a great start to a day in London: learning fabulous, fun facts about James Bond films ! Our entertaining and enthusiastic guide, Owen, led us from Charring Cross, into the National Gallery & Trafalgar Square, through Whitehall ...and on to the MI6 fortress at Vauxhall. Owen’s information and quirky insider knowledge were really interesting; his energetic delivery meant that the 2-1/2 hours went really quickly. I highly recommend this tour whether or not you’re a JB fan!!
The tour guide gave a great overview of the City of Westminster, things I wouldn't have seen just walking through myself. Churchill's War room doesn't have guided tours or skip the line entry - except for this tour, as far as I could find. When we got to the entrance, there was a long line but we walked right in - spending the past hour touring Westminster rather than just standing in the sun.
Westminster Abbey was wonderful to see although incredibly crowded as you might expect. Read the fine print before you purchase any tickets because they did not accept our digital pdf tickets. We had to leave the line and walk a few blocks to a place to print physical tickets and then rejoin the line after we had the printout.
Guide did a great job keeping the group moving and informing along the way. She timed our arrival at the palace and positioned us for optimal photos. Also good job skipping the line at the Churchill war rooms. Would have liked her sign/flag to match the tour name or say "get your guide".