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Plan Your Visit to Westminster Abbey | Timings, Facilities, Directions & More

Westminster Abbey is an important monument, not just for Christianity, but also for the British Royals. Ever since Christmas Day in 1066, every British Monarch has been crowned as the Westminster Abbey. The abbey is an important symbol that is worth exploring by every travel enthusiast. If you’re planning to visit Westminster Abbey, here’s everything that you will need to know. 

Westminster Abbey Opening Times

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

Saturday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (last entry at 1:00 PM)

Sunday: Open for services

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. 

  • How long does a Westminster Abbey tour take?

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

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What is the 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 also better to 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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Westminster Abbey General Admission Tickets: £28.20

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How to Enter Westminster Abbey?

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Westminster Abbey is a ticket attraction, which means that you will need to buy a ticket to take a tour of the building. However, you can enter for free if you wish to pray or attend a service. As Westminster Abbey is a working church, there may be some days when the abbey is closed or some portions unavailable for visits. Make sure that you buy your tickets beforehand to ensure entry into the monument. 

There are two entrances at Westminster Abbey, the North Door and the West Door. You can enter the abbey through either of these doors. You can redeem your tickets at either of these entrances as well. Both the doors are decorated with beautiful sculptures.

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Westminster Abbey Location

Address: Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom

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Westminster Abbey is accessible by all kinds of public transport, including train, tube, and also buses.

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How to Get to Westminster Abbey?

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Westminster Abbey is a popular attraction in London and hundreds of visitors and tourists visit the abbey every day. As the abbey is well connected through the public transport network in London, we would suggest that you either take a bus or a tube to Westminster Abbey. 

Many buses stop directly at the entrance or nearby the abbey and the two nearest tube stations are both about 5 minutes away by walk. You can also catch a train to Westminster Abbey, the closest stations being 15-20 minute walks away from the abbey. 

The abbey is also accessible by wheelchair and offers free entry to the disabled and their carers.

Getting to Westminster Abbey

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By Tube

The nearest underground stations are Westminster and St James Park, each about five-minute walks from the abbey.

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By Train

The nearest train stations are Waterloo and Victoria, each at less than a 20-minute walk from the abbey.

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By Bus

Catch route numbers 11, 24, 88, 148 and 211 to get down at the entrance of Westminster Abbey. Route numbers 3, 12, 53, 53X, 87, 88, 109, 159 and 453 stop close to the abbey as well.

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By Car

The closest car park is on the Great College Street, a three-minute walk from the abbey. There are also other private parking facilities at walking distances. 

What is Inside Westminster Abbey?

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Westminster Abbey is a grand structure built in the medieval period with Gothic architectural style. Each section of the abbey has its own specialty and is used for a specific purpose. You can find tombs, burials and memorials for not only British Royals but also other famous people of the past. You can also visit the Chapter House where monks gather for prayers. The Poet’s corner is a pilgrimage for literature lovers where there are more than 100 burials and memorials for poets and writers of the past. You can also look at the Coronation Chair that has been the center of British Coronations for more than 700 years. 

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Unless you’re visiting the abbey for individual prayer, you will need to buy a ticket to enter Westminster Abbey. As the abbey is a working church, it may be closed partially or completely for events or ceremonies. It is better that you check the abbey’s schedule and pre-book your online tickets to ensure entry. 

You can show your ticket directly on your phone at the entrance before entry. Make sure to carry a valid ID proof as well.

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  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable footwear when visiting the abbey as much of the steps and floor are uneven. 
  • While there is no specific dress-code to be followed when visiting the abbey, it is better that you show respect and dress modestly. 
  • Gentlemen will be expected to remove their hats whenever they are inside the abbey. 
  • It may be quite cold in the abbey. Remember to dress warmly. 
  • Wear a face mask when visiting the abbey or the shop.
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Locker: Large luggage items and backpacks are not allowed inside the abbey. There is no locker or luggage storage facility available at the abbey, but you can leave your luggage at Excess Baggage Company at Charing Cross or Victoria stations, both of which are at walking distances from the abbey.

Toilets: There are toilets located in the Cloisters, including the wheelchair accessible ones. 

Baby Changing Facilities: Baby changing facilities are also available at the Cloisters. They may be located quite far away from certain parts of the abbey, so ask a staff member of the abbey for the fastest route. 

Photography: Personal photography is permitted in the church and the cloisters. However, make sure to use no flash. Photography is not allowed during services. Photography is not permitted at the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, St Faith’s Chapel and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries. Video recording, tripods and selfie sticks are also not permitted.

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Wheelchair Accessibility: The abbey is mostly wheelchair accessible, except for some areas that are inaccessible to wheelchairs and visitors with reduced mobility. If you’re visiting on a wheelchair, you can enter the abbey through the North Door where there is a ramp available.

Wheelchairs are also available for use at the abbey. You can ask for one to an Abbey Marshal upon your arrival. 

Visually Impaired: There is an audio-described tour available at the abbey. 

Hearing Impaired: There is a hearing loop system available in the entire abbey and is used during services as well. There is also a British Sign Language guided tour available at the abbey. There are also printed transcripts of the tour available in 14 different languages.

Assistance Dogs: Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other assistance dogs are welcome into the abbey. No other animals are allowed inside. Make sure that you carry the relevant documents to ensure entry for your assistance dog.

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There are two shops available at Westminster Abbey. 

Main Shop Address: Westminster Abbey Shop, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3JS, United Kingdom

Cellarium Shop Address: Cellarium Shop, Dean's Yard, London, SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom

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You can buy tea, tapestries, gifts and other spiritual gifts at the Westminster Abbey shop.

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You can eat your packed food at the Cloisters. 

You can also get some light snacks and beverages at the Kiosk at Westminster Abbey.

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After your visit to Westminster Abbey, you can also visit iconic landmarks close to it.

  • Tower of London: An iconic monument in London and one of the oldest sites in the city.
  • Tower Bridge: One of London's most striking bridges with neo-Gothic architecture.
  • Churchill War Rooms: Walk through the corridors of the Churchill War Rooms and get a glimpse of life during WWII.
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Visitor Tips

  • Try and book your tickets in advance with a time slot to ensure entry and avoid long lines. You can also get some great discounts when purchasing tickets online. 
  • Face coverings are optional but social distancing is encouraged in small and confined areas. 
  • If you need any help during your visit, you can approach the abbey staff.
  • Wheelchair users and their caregivers get free admission every day. 
  • Westminster Abbey does not have an official dress code. However, it is expected that visitors show respect and sensitivity and wear modest clothing.
  • Men will have to remove their hats once they are inside the building.
  • Wear comfortable shoes because the old stone floors can be uneven and you will be walking around a lot. 
  • Westminster Abbey is a landmark church of great religious significance so remember to conduct yourself accordingly while visiting it. 
  • Video recording, flash photography, extra lighting, selfie sticks and tripods are not permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Westminster Abbey

Q. Is Westminster Abbey open for visits?

A. Yes, Westminster Abbey is open for visits post Covid-19. 

Q. Can I visit Westminster Abbey for free?

A. Westminster Abbey provides free entry for attending services and individual prayer. However, if you want to visit Westminster Abbey for a tour, you will have to buy a ticket. 

Q. Where can I buy tickets to visit Westminster Abbey?

A. You can easily buy online tickets for Westminster Abbey here

Q. How can I enter Westminster Abbey?

A. There are two doors at Westminster Abbey, the North Door and the West Door. You can show your ticket at either of these entrances to enter Westminster Abbey.

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

A. If you want to explore the abbey while avoiding crowds, then it is better that you come right after the abbey opens in the morning. You can also visit the abbey on Wednesdays when it is usually open till 6 PM and also free from crowds.

Q. How long does it take to tour Westminster Abbey?

A. The tour of the entire Westminster Abbey could take you anywhere between 90 minutes to two hours.

Q. What are the different ways I can visit Westminster Abbey?

A. Westminster Abbey is well connected with all the public transports in London. You can either catch a bus, a tube, a train, or even drive yourself to easily reach the abbey.

Q. Is there parking available at Westminster Abbey?

A. Westminster Abbey doesn’t offer parking, but you can find other parking facilities nearby that are only a few minutes away from the abbey. 

Q. What is the best way to get to Westminster Abbey?

Since Westminster Abbey is well connected to both buses and tubes, it is better that you catch either of these which will take you directly to Westminster Abbey or drop you close nearby. 

Q. What is the cancellation policy on my Westminster Abbey tickets?

A. Unfortunately, once you buy your Westminster Abbey tickets, they cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.