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Christians have been coming on pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey for nearly 1000 years because it is the burial place of St Edward. Pilgrims still come to the Abbey to pray every day and many visitors to London make a ‘pilgrimage’ to Westminster Abbey to see something that is important to them. Follow this trail to complete your own Abbey pilgrimage! KS2
Designed for families for Shakespeare Week but exciting for all groups, explore the links between the Shakespeare’s life, his plays and the Abbey’s past in this Tudor trail. KS2
LINKS BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE: ST MARGARET’S CHURCH AND THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
If you are combining a visit to Westminster Abbey with a tour of the Houses of Parliament, why not make your way from one to the other via the ‘parish church of the House of Commons’: St Margaret’s Church? If you do intend to visit, please check with the Vestry on 020 7654 4840 prior to your visit.
Links between St Margaret’s Church and the Houses of Parliament(PDF 216 KB)
Church & State KS2 (PDF 10 MB)
Church & State KS3 (PDF 10 MB)
This is suited to advanced Key Stage 2 pupils and includes topics such as Estimation, Units of Measurement, Shapes, Symmetry and Roman Numerals. It is best used by small groups. Some areas of the Abbey may not be accessible and teachers are advised to check with a member of staff on arrival.
Maths Trail (PDF, 576KB)
Westminster Abbey is the resting place for nearly all the Tudor monarchs. This trail takes you through the building to learn about the fascinating lives and times of this great family. It includes sections in St. Margaret’s and the Abbey museum which can be visited free of charge by arrangement with the Education Department.
Key stage 2 & 3
Tudor Trail (PDF, 2 MB)
Tudor Trail teachers' notes (PDF, 1.9MB)
SYMBOLS AND WORSHIP
As a Christian Church, Westminster Abbey has many interesting symbols. This trail challenges pupils to find the most significant and explains why they are important to Christians.
Key Stage 2 & 3
Symbols and Worship Trail (PDF, 2.65MB)
LIGHT AND COLOUR TRAIL
This trail explores the Abbey’s collection of stained glass and considers its importance to Christians. It also looks at the beautiful and intricate patterns of the Cosmati Pavement upon which coronations take place, and visits the stunning Lady Chapel. Finishing with a chance to view the Chapter House wall paintings and the collections of the Abbey Museum, this trail is suitable for children who are interested in the visual splendour of the building.
Key Stage 2
Light and Colour Trail (PDF, 1 MB)
Light and Colour Trail teachers' notes (PDF, 1 MB)
UNDER OUR FEET TRAIL
The trail is designed to encourage students to look at the fascinating history that often gets ignored; the history found beneath our feet! Students will find out about the monumental brasses and tombstones in the Abbey including the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. Westminster Abbey also has some of the finest examples of medieval tiles in the country as well as the beautiful medieval Cosmati pavement made from coloured stones and glass in the reign of Henry III.
Key Stage 2/3
Under Our Feet Trail (PDF, 2 MB)
Under Our Feet Trail teachers' notes (PDF, 2 MB)
ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENTISTS TRAIL
The Royal Society celebrated its 350th anniversary in 2010 with a year-long programme of events and activities. As part of this celebration, the Society collaborated with Westminster Abbey to produce this exciting science trail, highlighting the discoveries made by past Fellows of the Royal Society, now buried or remembered within the Abbey.
Scientists Trail Student Booklet (PDF, 4 MB)
Scientists Trail Teachers' Notes (PDF, 1 MB)
WHAT THE DICKENS TRAIL
Charles Dickens is often considered the greatest of Victorian novelists. 2012 marks the bicentenary of his birth. Come and help us to celebrate his unique style of writing and find out from the man himself, about the inspiration for his work and the times in which he lived. Pupils will be visit the tomb where Dickens was buried in a small, private ceremony in Poets’ Corner. You can combine this session with a self-guided walking tour of the areas around the Abbey associated with Dickens and the Victorian era.
Westminster in the time of Dickens downloadable trail (PDF, 6MB)