The Westminster Abbey building on a sunny day, London
The Westminster Abbey building on a sunny day, London

Westminster Abbey

20 Deans Yard, Westminster, London, Greater London, SW1P 3PA

The basics

A Westminster Abbey tour is like taking a walk through British history. Explore independently with an audio guide, on tours led by vergers (church officials), or with a private guide. Tickets include access to all the main areas of the church. The London Pass also grants access to Westminster Abbey.

The abbey is among the most visited sights in London and the United Kingdom, and can easily be seen on city highlight tours that also stop at the Tower of London, Parliament Square, and other world-famous sights. Westminster walking tours are great for visiting the abbey and surrounding area.

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Westminster Walking Tour & Westminster Abbey Entry
Westminster Walking Tour & Westminster Abbey Entry
$86.06 per adult
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Great tour of Westminster
Mark was an excellent tour guide! So knowledgeable and friendly. I was so impressed with his vast knowledge. He made sure we saw the guards and explained the different regiments to us. I loved being able to see so many famous landmarks in such detail. This is a great tour!
Rebecca_A, Feb 2024

Things to know before you go

  • While Westminster Abbey tickets are free, booking in advance helps avoid long lines, which can be up to an hour long.

  • The abbey is a place of worship—visitors should dress modestly.

  • Visitors cannot take photos or videos within the abbey.

  • Some, but not all, areas of the abbey are wheelchair-accessible. Wheelchair users should enter through the North Door.

  • On-site facilities include restrooms, a café, and a gift shop.

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How to get there

Westminster Abbey is in the city of Westminster near the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, a short stroll from the Thames riverfront. The nearest tube stations are St. James's Park and Westminster. The visitor entrance to the abbey is at the West Gate of the North Green.

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When to get there

Westminster Abbey is open to visitors Monday through Saturday, and to worshippers on Sundays and religious holidays. To avoid crowds, arrive early on a weekday. To hear the Abbey Choir perform, time your visit for the daily Evensong at 5pm on weekdays and 3pm on weekends. Special after-hours tours also run on Wednesday evenings, typically one of the quietest times to visit.

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What to see at Westminster Abbey

If you're interested in the highlights, head straight for the Royal Tombs of Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. Then, see the 13th-century cloisters and the Poets' Corner, final resting place of numerous creatives and writers. Don't miss memorials devoted to Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, and other notable historical figures. For the full experience, end your visit with a stroll through the College Garden and traditional afternoon tea at the Cellarium Café.

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