Visit Westminster Abbey
Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. Every year Westminster Abbey welcomes over one million visitors who want to explore this wonderful 700-year-old building. Thousands more join us for worship at our daily services.
Open for worship only
Westminster Abbey is usually open to visitors from Monday to Saturday throughout the year.
On Sundays and religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas, the Abbey is open for worship only. All are welcome and it is free to attend services.
Visitor access to the Abbey is via the West Gate of the North Green, located near the junction of Broad Sanctuary and The Sanctuary. (See map)
Security checks take place before entry to the Abbey. In busy periods it is advisable to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the published closure time, as the main entry gate may close earlier.
Getting to the Abbey
Westminster Abbey is in the heart of London - next to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
The closest tube stations are St James' Park and Westminster.
Verger guided tour
Verger-led tours of the Abbey are available, in English, for individuals or family groups only (and not for larger parties or school visits). They start at the North Door, last for approximately 90 minutes and include a tour of the Shrine (containing the tomb of Saint Edward the Confessor), the Royal Tombs, Poets' Corner, the Cloisters and the Nave.
Visit after hours on Wednesday evenings to see highlights of the Abbey and enjoy a special dinner in the Cellarium Café & Terrace. The self-guided tour includes the Coronation Chair, Poets’ Corner, Lady Chapel, and the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
The Coronation Chair
The Coronation Chair was made for King Edward I to enclose the famous Stone of Scone, which he brought from Scotland to the Abbey in 1296, where he placed it in the care of the Abbot of Westminster.