Westminster Abbey Tickets

An absolutely essential part of any visit to London, Westminster Abbey is one of the city’s most iconic buildings.  Steeped in over a thousand years of history, Benedictine monks first started worshipping at this site in the middle of the tenth century and the current building has been there for over 700 years.  You will also have the use of an audio guide to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the history.

 

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Tour Highlights

  • Westminster Abbey is one of London’s most iconic landmarks
  • The Abbey has more than a thousand years of history
  • Experience the exquisite gothic architecture
  • The final resting place of 17 monarchs
  • See the Coronation Chair, Poets’ Corner and the stunning Lady Chapel
  • Includes an audio guide in 12 languages
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Tour Schedule

Glorious Architecture

This magnificent gothic construct is a sight to behold and the incredible stained glass is some of the most impressive in the UK.

Coronation Chair

Created for King Edward I in 1296, the chair has been the seat for the crowning of every monarch since 1308, including Queen Victoria and our current reigning Queen, HRH Elizabeth II.  It is the oldest piece of furniture in the UK that is still used for its original intention.

Poets’ Corner

The literary corner of the Abbey is named due to the large amount of poets and writers buried there, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Thomas Hardy, as well as many memorial stones and busts dedicated to the likes of Shakespeare and loved Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Kings and Queens

Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and seventeen monarchs are buried there.  The Abbey was also the place where William and Kate tied the knot in 2011.



Important Information

  • Guests are able to visit the Abbey at any time.  Please see the schedule for opening hours.
  • A security search exists on entry for all visitors.
  • Special services or events may close all, or part, of the Abbey at short notice – Please check the website for further detail.
  • An audio guide is included in the price of your ticket

Visiting Times

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 09.30am to 15.30pm
Wednesday – 09.30am to 18.00pm
Saturday – 09.30am to 13.30pm
Sunday – Closed

The Abbey closes for visiting one hour after the above times.

Guests are free to visit the Abbey at any time of the day that the ticket is valid for.

Please note timings for 2017

  • Monday to Friday – Due to daily service there will be no entry between 12:00pm to 13:00pm.  However visitors already in the Abbey do not need to leave during this time.
  • The Abbey is a fully working church therefore we are subject to closures at short notice.
  • Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 September inclusive, the garden will be closed.
  • Tuesday 17 October, the Abbey opens to visitors at 14:00 (and is closed to the public before this time).
  • Saturday 14 October, the Abbey will be closed all day to visitors.
  • Saturday 4 November Scouts and Guides Service the Abbey will be closed all day.
  • Thursday 9 November opening of the Field of Remembrance the Abbey will open at 13.00pm.
  • Friday 1 December Christingle Abbey opens at 13.00pm.
  • Tuesday 19 December Metropolitan Police Concert the Abbey closes at 12.00pm.
  • Wednesday 20 December Whitehall Carol Concert the Abbey closes at 12.00pm.
  • Saturday 23 December Service of Lessons and Carols + Crib Service the Abbey will be closed all day.
  • Sunday 24 December the Abbey is closed including precincts.
  • Monday 25 December the Abbey is closed including precincts.
  • Tuesday 26 December Abbey opens at 10.00am and closes at 15.30pm


FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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