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

Westminster Abbey is an important monument for the British Royal family. Ever since Christmas Day in 1066, every British Monarch has been crowned at the Westminster Abbey. The abbey is an important and symbolic attraction that is worth visiting for all travellers. If you’re planning to visit Westminster Abbey, here’s everything that you will need to know. 

Westminster Abbey at a glance

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What are the Westminster Abbey opening hours?

Timings: 9:30am to 3:30pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 3pm (Saturday)

Closed on: Religious holidays, December 23 to 25, and Sundays. On Sundays, the abbey is only open for prayer service.

Best time to visit: Morning hours are the most peaceful for a serene visit.

What is the Best Time to Visit Westminster Abbey?

If you’re visiting Westminster Abbey without a group, it is best that you arrive when the abbey opens before tour groups enter. Once the tour groups enter, during late mornings and early afternoons, you would be hard-pressed to find a quiet moment in the abbey.

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

Where is Westminster Abbey located?

How to Enter Westminster Abbey?

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Getting to Westminster Abbey

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 public transport in London, we would suggest that you either take a bus or a tube to Westminster Abbey. 

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By Tube

The nearest underground stations are Westminster and St James Park, each about five minutes away 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 away from the abbey.

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By Bus

Take bus number 11, 24, 88, 148 or 211 and 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. 

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Dress Code

You can enter the Westminster Abbey from one of the three entrances:

  • The Great West Door - this is the main entrance for the public
  • The North Door - this is for the guests who are visiting clergy or have a Church pass
  • The North Entrance - this entrance is opposite the Parliament Square
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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 when they are inside the abbey. 
  • It may be quite chilly in the abbey, so remember to dress in layers. 
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  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Apart from some areas, Westminster Abbey is mostly wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp at the North Door for easier access for wheelchairs. You can also avail a wheelchair for use at the abbey by approaching an Abbey Marshal upon your arrival. 
  • Visually Impaired: An audio-described tour is available for the visually impaired. 
  • Hearing Impaired: A hearing loop system is available throughout the abbey which is also used during services. A British Sign Language guided tour is also available for the hearing-impaired. Printed transcripts of the tour are also available 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.
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  • You cannot carry large luggage items and backpacks into the abbey. Luggage storage facilities are available at Excess Baggage Company at Charing Cross or Victoria stations, both at walking distance from the abbey.
  • Toilets are located in the Cloisters, including the wheelchair-accessible ones. 
  • Baby changing facilities are also available at the Cloisters. You can approach the Abbey staff if you need help finding one. 
  • You can get light snacks from the kiosk facility at the abbey.
  • There is a shop inside the abbey where you can buy souvenirs.
  • Please do not wear low-cut or sleeveless outfits, mini skirts, shorts, or hats inside the abbey.
  • Bags bigger than 40x30x25 cm are not allowed inside the church.
  • Alcohol, drugs, and sharp objects are restricted at Westminster Abbey.
  • Tripods, selfie sticks, and flash photography are prohibited in the abbey.
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  • Cellarium Cafe & Terrace (0.09 km): A very short walk from the abbey, Cellarium Cafe offers an elegant eating experience. The restaurant has a gorgeous vaulted ceiling and provides a stunning view of Westminster Abbey. Make a quick pitstop for Afternoon Tea here.
  • Fuller's Kitchen (0.3 km): This cozy restaurant offers traditional British cuisine. Visit Fuller's Kitchen for delicious tavern food, and don't miss the Fuller's London Pie!
  • Sapori (0.8 km): Sapori is an Italian high-end restaurant famous for authentic dishes like Spezzatino di Vitello (slow-cooked veal stew with mushrooms). Enjoy a good cocktail with a fine cigar!
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After your visit to Westminster Abbey, you can also visit iconic landmarks close to it:

  • Churchill War Rooms (0.6 km): Walk through the corridors of the Churchill War Rooms and get a glimpse of life during WWII.
  • Tower of London (4.5 km): An iconic monument in London and one of the oldest sites in the city.
  • Tower Bridge (5.7 km): One of London's most striking bridges with Neo-Gothic architecture.

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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. 
  • 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

Can I visit Westminster Abbey for free?

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. 

Where can I buy tickets to visit Westminster Abbey?

You can easily buy online tickets for Westminster Abbey here

How can I enter Westminster Abbey?

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.

What is the best time to visit Westminster Abbey?

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.

How long does it take to tour Westminster Abbey?

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

What are the different ways I can visit Westminster Abbey?

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.

Is there parking available at Westminster Abbey?

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

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. 

What is the cancellation policy on my Westminster Abbey tickets?

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