Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Last updated November 29th, 2020

Westminster Abbey can be traced back to the 12th century where it was used as a Benedictine Monastery. The confessor’s shrine, the tombs of Kings and Queens and countless memorials can be seen here. It has been the setting for each coronation since 1066, and is also used for many more Royal occasions. There is also a 900 year old garden that is definitely worth a visit. It is reached via the Abbey’s Great Cloisters and offers amazing views of the Palace of Westminster.

Opening Times

Note: Owing to temporary closures the times below may not accurately reflect current opening hours.

09:30 - 15:30
09:30 - 13:30
09:30 - 15:30
09:30 - 15:30
09:30 - 15:30

Nearby Tourist Attractions

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  1. The Houses Of Parliament

    If you are looking to visit the Houses of Parliament, the Information Office should be contacted beforehand. Visitors are more likely to get in quickly if they queue for the afternoon sessions. Tours are available from 7th August to the 16th September when both houses are in recess. Groups and educational visits are warmly invited. Disabled facilities are available and guide dogs are also permitted.

  2. Jewel Tower

    This L shaped tower dates from 1365 and is the only original part of Westminster to survive. It was principally King Edward III’s 14th Century home. The tower was built as the King’s personal jewel house and treasury. When Westminster ceased to be a Royal palace the tower became an archive for parliamentary papers. The Offices for Standard Weights and Measures are also displayed in the upper chamber. In the lower chamber the original ancient foundations of the previous Westminster can be seen. Admission fees apply.

  3. The Banqueting House

    The Banqueting House, the only remaining part of Whitehall Palace, has a magnificent Ruben ceiling. It was designed by Inigo Jones for James I in 1619, for banquets, dances and plays. The palace was the backdrop for Charles I’s execution. Today, they now have two separate function rooms which are available for hire that can accommodate up to 400 guests (for a meeting) or 375 dining guests upon request. Please phone for details. Admission fees apply and concessions are available.

  4. Big Ben

    Possibly the most famous clock face and chimes in the world, Big Ben is actually the name of the biggest bell (13.5 tons) inside The Clock Tower (320 ft) which forms part of the Houses of Parliament. Built in 1858/9 the bell was named after one Sir Benjamin Hall and when it was cast it was Britain’s heaviest bell. The clock’s four dials each have a diameter of 23 ft, the minute hands are 14 ft long and the numerals on each face are nearly 2ft high.

  5. City Cruises By Hornblower

    City Cruises operates a sightseeing tour through some of London’s most prolific sights including Westminster, Waterloo, Tower Bridge and Greenwich. Available for private hire, a catering service is available for up to 500 guests. Please phone for details.

  6. Guards Museum

    Guards Museum houses a large collection of uniforms, weapons and memorabilia illustrating their martial history and service to the Sovereign and the City of London for over three centuries. Entry fees apply and concessions are available.

  7. St. Martin-in-the-Fields

    St Martin-in-the-Fields hosts classical evening concerts and lunchtime recitals. Admission is free to view.

  8. Marlborough House

    Marlborough House was designed and built by Wren in 1711. The interior includes frescoes depicting the Duke of Marlborough’s famous victories at Blenheim, Ramillies and Malplaquet, along with ceiling paintings transferred from the Queen’s House in Greenwich. The building was then altered in 1771 by William Chambers.