Westminster abbey opening times

Westminster Abbey London | Opening Times, Best Time to Visit & More

Westminster Abbey is the most important Gothic Catholic church in the entire United Kingdom. The construction of the building that you see today was commissioned by Henry III in 1245. To experience Britain’s rich history and culture, visiting Westminster Abbey is a must for any travel enthusiast. Read further to find out more about Westminster Abbey opening times.

Westminster Abbey Opening Times

Monday to Friday: 9:30 AM to 4 PM (last entry at 3:30 PM)

Saturday: 9:00 AM to 4 PM (last entry at 1:00 PM)

Sunday: Closed for sightseeing

As the abbey is a working church, it is possible that on some days there may be a relaxed opening with some areas closed off to the visitors.

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Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM to 2:45 PM (last entry)

Saturday: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (last entry)

Sunday: Closed 

Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey Timings

Apr to Oct: Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri.

Nov to Mar: Tue, Thu, and Fri.

Boarding commences at 8 AM, departure at 8:15 AM.

Tour ends at 4:30 PM approx. at Westminster Abbey.

  • How long does a Westminster Abbey tour take?

It takes about 90 minutes to two hours to explore the entire Westminster Abbey. 

Westminster Abbey Closures

Westminster Abbey will be closed for visits on the following days.

24th to 25th December

12th, 14th, 21st and 29th of March 2022

Westminster Abbey Partial Closures

Wednesday, 2nd March 2022: Westminster Abbey will open at 11 AM

Monday, 28th March 2022: Westminster Abbey will close early at 12:30 PM (last entry at 12 PM)

Best Time to Visit Westminster Abbey

If you’re visiting Westminster Abbey as an individual, it is best that you arrive at the opening time before tour groups enter the abbey. On Wednesdays, the abbey is usually open till 6:00 PM. At this time, tour groups are not allowed inside the abbey so the building will be less crowded for you to freely explore. 

It is better that you visit London during the spring between March and May. The weather is relatively mild and the abbey gardens will be green and blooming. However, post-spring to summer is also a popular time to visit the city.

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All Your Questions About Westminster Abbey Opening Times Answered

Q. What are the general opening hours of Westminster Abbey?

A. Westminster Abbey is open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM from Mondays to Fridays and from 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturdays.

Q. What is the best time to visit Westminster Abbey?

A. If you’re traveling as an individual, it is better that you arrive right after the opening of Westminster Abbey before they start to allow tour groups into the building.

Q. How much time does it take to cover the entire Westminster Abbey?

A. Give yourself 90 minutes to 2 hours to cover all areas of Westminster Abbey.

Q. Is there a dress code to visit Westminster Abbey?

A. While there is no dress code as such that needs to be followed, as Westminster Abbey is a place of worship, it is advised that you dress cordially to pay your respects. 

Q. Where can I buy tickets to Westminster Abbey?

A. You can book your Westminster Abbey tickets online here.