Tuesday 23 January 2018
- 08:00 - 18:00Cellarium Cafe
- 09:15 - 18:30Westminster Abbey Shop
- 09:30 - 15:30St Margaret's Church
- 09:30 - 16:30Cloister
- 09:30 - 15:30Westminster Abbey
- 09:30 - 15:00Westminster Abbey Group Entry
- 10:00 - 16:30Chapter House
- 10:00 - 16:00College Garden
The Abbey closes for visiting one hour after the published entry closure time in order to prepare for Evensong. We recommend you arrive well in advance of the published entry closure time.
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.
The last sitting for the Cellarium Cafe is 7:30pm on Wednesdays.
The Abbey museum closed on 31st October 2015 and will reopen as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries in 2018. Find out more
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The life of Westminster Abbey revolves around the daily pattern of worship; Morning Prayer, Evensong, and the Eucharist. These services are open to the public and our congregations include people from all over the world. Whether you are Anglican (Episcopalian), or of another Christian Church or of another faith, or seeking or doubting, you are warmly welcome to take part.
In addition to the daily round of services, the Abbey hosts a number of services throughout the year to mark anniversaries and special occasions in the life of the nation. We are also a place of pilgrimage, the site of the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, King of England 1042–66.
Westminster Abbey has resounded to music every day for over one thousand years. Singing has played a hugely important role, from the plainsong Offices sung by the monks of the tenth-century monastic foundation to the daily choral services sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey today. Over the intervening centuries some of the most illustrious British organists, singers and composers have been closely associated with the Abbey, which continues to play a leading part in the musical and cultural life of the nation today.
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.
A School visit to Westminster Abbey is often an awe-inspiring event for children. The building itself as well as its monuments, carvings, stained glass windows and vivid colours, is designed to stimulate thought and emotion. There is so much to inspire, and children can sometimes be confused by the wealth of new information. Children do need time to ‘stand and stare’ in order to reflect on what they are seeing. Given the opportunity to look, children usually respond very positively indeed to the Abbey.
Workshops, Tours, Events and more for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 students.
Workshops, Tours, Events and more for KS3, KS4 and KS5 students.
Overseas Schools & Universities
Overseas schools and groups are welcome to visit the Abbey in unguided and guided tours.
Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day.
The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint still at its heart.
A treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artefacts, Westminster Abbey is also the place where some of the most significant people in the nation's history are buried or commemorated. Taken as a whole the tombs and memorials comprise the most significant single collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Westminster Abbey Institute works with the public service institutions around Parliament Square to revitalise moral and spiritual values in public life.
The Institute runs under-the-radar seminars for MPs for peer-to-peer learning and reflection on political and moral resilience. These take place in the Jerusalem Chamber which is close enough to allow MPs to vote.
To find out more contact us by e-mail.
The Institute’s book The Moral Heart of Public Service can be ordered online.
St Margaret's Church
Standing as it does between Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, and commonly called "the parish church of the House of Commons", St Margaret's has witnessed many important events in the life of this country. This remains true in our own day but now, more than ever, St Margaret's welcomes many visitors from all over the world.
Westminster Abbey Choir School exists solely to educate and care for the 30 or so boys who sing as choristers in the Abbey Choir.
The purpose-built school, set in the heart of the Abbey precincts, offers a complete preparatory school boarding education but tailored precisely to the needs of choristers.
Academic lessons, musical tuition, sports, activities and games are carefully arranged around the boys’ various singing commitments to offer a unique educational experience.
Chorister Experience Day
The Abbey is inviting boys aged 7-8 for a ‘Chorister Experience’ on 3rd March 2018.
Boys usually join the choir school at the age of eight in Y4. At this stage we are looking above all for musical potential in boys whom we believe will both thrive as choristers and also develop as musicians in a richly stimulating environment.
Download the Prospectus (PDF)
Application Form (PDF)
If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities of choristership or about life at Westminster Abbey Choir School, please telephone the school for more information or to make an appointment to visit.
Email: Evelyn Neophytou, PA to the Headmaster
Telephone: 020 7654 4918
In the Press
This is a remarkable place as it exists for the sole purpose of providing a nurturing environment and a first-class education for the boys who are selected to sing in the choir of Westminster Abbey. Our aim, therefore, is to provide the best possible all-round experience for choristers, while preparing them for the next stage of their schooling.
These webpages can only offer a fleeting impression of the school and its activities. If you know of a boy aged between about 7 and 10 who might enjoy singing in this world-famous choir, I would be delighted to meet you and show you the school and something of the life of a Westminster Abbey Chorister. It could be a life-changing experience as it has been for so many boys in the past. Do please contact us at any time.
Support the Abbey
Though the Abbey costs over £10 million a year to run we receive no funding from the Church, the Crown or the Government. While we never ever charge for worship or prayer, our principal source of finance is the entry price we charge tourists who visit.
This generates enough to meet running costs and a limited maintenance programme. We need substantial extra finance for major restoration work and exciting future plans such as the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries which will run alongside innovative educational and music projects. This is where you can help.
Make history and become a part of the most exciting project to take place at Westminster Abbey in nearly 300 years.
Make A Donation
A donation can make a real difference to the Abbey’s music, education programme or wherever the need is greatest.
Join today and become part of the Abbey's future. You'll receive a wealth of benefits including free entry and discounts.
Leave A Legacy
Remembering the Abbey in your will is the most enduring gift you can give. A legacy of any size makes a difference.
If you're a US tax payer and would like to support us, find out more about The American Fund for the Abbey.
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Mrs Valerie Humphrey
Westminster Abbey Foundation
The Chapter Office
20 Dean’s Yard
London SW1P 3PA
Westminster Abbey has an international reputation not just as one of London’s principal visitor attractions but also as a living church renowned for the clarity of its vision and worship. The Press and Communications Office is responsible for sustaining the reputation of the Abbey through website management, posters and publications, liaison with film production companies, internal communications, and media enquiries.
The Press & Communications Office is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm each weekday. During evenings and weekends there is 24-hour cover.
Library & Research
The Library and Muniment Room houses the extensive and historic collections of books, manuscripts and archival material belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. It provides a centre for research into all aspects of the Abbey's history.
Appointments (Mondays-Thursdays only) are required for those wishing to consult books and documents as the Library has only very limited space and there are occasional closures owing to special services. Those wishing to use the library for the first time are advised to write, e-mail or phone to discuss their requirements. Students should bring a letter of introduction from a supervisor or tutor. (Certain illuminated manuscripts may not be made available to non-academics. A facsimile edition of the Bestiary MS.22 can be consulted in the Library). All material in the Library is for reference only.
Portable computers may be used, but ONLY if run on batteries. No mains power point is available. Mobile phones should not be used in the reading room. Entry is via Dean's Yard and the Cloisters (if you face the two west towers of the Abbey the archway to Dean's Yard is to your right, Go under the arch and turn left and proceed into the cloisters). The Library is in the East Cloister next door to the Chapter House, with an entryphone.
The library provides a photographic service for readers who would like reproductions from books or documents. Readers are not permitted to take their own photographs.
Photos of items at the Abbey: Please e-mail the Library for sizes and prices of photographs of monuments in the Abbey or St Margaret’s Westminster, general views and items from the Abbey collections.
Please note that we do NOT have a collection of modern theology nor sources for general genealogical research.
Owing to the complex and historic nature of its buildings the library is only accessible via a flight of stone steps and a wooden spiral staircase. However, we can usually arrange to make documents (dependent on condition) available at the Westminster City Archive Centre (a short distance from the Abbey) for anybody who has difficulty using the stairs to reach our reading room. Please contact us in advance to discuss your requirements so that suitable arrangements can be made.
History in every Corner
For 1000 years, the Abbey has hosted a fantastic variety of events; the crowning of kings and queens, weddings, christenings and proclamations were all held within this magnificent building.
Today, you too can experience the tantalising prospect of celebrating your event in a location steeped in history and complete with 21st century ambience.
We can include a private tour of the Abbey for your guests as part of our package.
The Cloisters sit adjacent to the Nave of Westminster Abbey and offer spectacular views across the Garth.
Dating back to the 14th century, the Cellarium was used by the monks to store their food and drink.
The Cellarium Terrace
The Cellarium Terrace showcases a stunning blend of past and present architecture.
This 900 year old garden is believed to be the longest continually cultivated garden in England.
Cheyneygates was once leased to Elizabeth Woodville and was the birthplace of her son Edward V.
Our approved suppliers can support your event by providing catering, entertainment, flowers, marquees, lighting and more.
Westminster Abbey conducts Royal Weddings and Weddings for family members of those knighted by HM The Queen into the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. As such we are unable to assist with requests to hold weddings or wedding receptions at the Abbey.