Westminster Abbey

Address: 20 Dean's Yard, London, SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7222 5152

- Expensive


Visit the imposing church where the nation's kings and queens have been crowned since 1066.

Welcome to 'the nation's Coronation church' where many famous royal ceremonies have taken place and the chapels and floors are filled with illustrious tombs and memorials commemorating many key figures in British history. While a visit here can make you feel rather 'processed', I always find it is rewarding. For many, the high points are Henry VII's Lady Chapel and Poets' Corner where some 40 authors are buried, starting with Geoffrey Chaucer in 1400. If you nose around you'll be rewarded with some unexpected discoveries - such as 'Britain's oldest door' (Chapter House) and eery funeral effigies of the once-so-mighty in the Abbey Museum.

Value for money

Price advice

Tickets cost £16 adult, £6 schoolchildren aged 11-18, concessions £13. This includes use of a somewhat perfunctory audioguide and entry to the museum.

Expert tips

Try to visit Tue-Thur when you can also go into the delightful College Garden.

The Abbey is sometimes closed to visitors due to special events and services - at busy periods such as Easter and Christmas check opening times before you travel.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture