Westminster Abbey

No matter how many times you’ve visited, the Grande Dame of British churches still staggers.

Over 1,000 years of history awaits at Westminster Abbey. From coronations of kings and queens, to royal weddings, and burials of figures larger than life, the walls of the Abbey are rife with stories of the past.

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Best things to see at Westminster Abbey

Though it’s best known as a spectacular setting for royal events (coronations, weddings, burials), Westminster remains primarily a place of worship and still hosts services every day. Don’t miss Evensong: even if you’re not religious, the choir provides a perfect backdrop for admiring the Abbey’s Gothic architecture. History buffs will love the recently-opened Diamond Jubilee Galleries, home to some of the monarchy’s greatest treasures.

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Best way to get to Westminster Abbey

The best way to get to Westminster Abbey is the underground. Take the Jubilee, District, and Circle lines to St. James’s Park or take the District and Circle lines to Westminster — both stops are just a five-minute walk away. The train is a little further at 0.8 miles away, but if you don’t mind the walk, get off at London Waterloo or London Victoria. Multiple bus routes also pass directly by Westminster Abbey. Try taking the 11, 24, 88, 148, or 211.

Best parking near Westminster Abbey

There are no parking facilities at Westminster Abbey, but you can park for £7.50 an hour at the Q-Park garage on Great College Street, which is an easy three-minute walk away.

Westminster Abbey FAQs

Is there a way to skip the line?

Try pre-booking tickets online from the official Westminster Abbey website! You’ll be able to access a fast track line and get in faster. Note that this doesn’t apply for Wednesday Lates tickets.

How can I see the shrine of Edward the Confessor?

You can only see the shrine as part of the Guided Tour, which costs an additional £5 and is 90 minutes long.

Is there a dress code?

There is, although it merely asks you to show “respect and sensitivity” in your dress. Hats must be removed.

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