International Travel — Europe
- Royal Weddings & Funerals
- Coronation Chair
- Tombs & Memorials of Monarchs
- Famous People Buried in the Abbey
- Venue Bookings
Westminster Abbey dates back to the 11th Century. Every English
Monarch since William the Conqueror (on Christmas Day 1066) has had their Coronations
here, including Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Westminster Abbey has also been the site of 19 Royal Weddings. "The Royal Wedding of the Century" of Prince William (second in line of succession to the British Throne after his
dad, Charles, the
Prince of Wales) to Catherine (Kate) Middleton took place on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11am. The Archbishop of Canterbury (Rowan Williams) conducted the service.
Other Royal Weddings at the Abbey have included: The Queen Mum, Queen Elizabeth II, and Princess Anne. rince Andrew and Fergie were married
here in 1986.
In 1997, Westminster Abbey was the site of Princess Diana's funeral, watched live on television by millions
of people around the world as was Britain's Queen Mum's funeral in the Spring of 2002.
The Abbey's famous Coronation Chair (located near the Tomb
of Henry V) can be viewed — this is popular with history buffs!
Tombs & Memorials of Monarchs
Many other Tombs
and Memorials of the Kings and Queens of England can also be viewed. Some of the most famous Monarchs buried at the Abbey include: Elizabeth I, James I, Charles II, and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located inside Westminster Abbey — it contains the remains of an unidentified British soldier killed during World War I. The soldier was bured there on Armistice Day (November 11, 1920).
Today, after Royal Wedding photos are taken, the tradition for the bride is to return her bouquet to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Westminster Abbey cannot be rented out for private events, however, certain rooms in the Abbey precincts are available. Email Venue Bookings for more information.
Take a self-guided walking tour of Westminster Abbey during your London visit — it's within
easy walking distance of Big Ben and
the Houses of Parliament.
Special Group Discount for
Groups of 15 or more.
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Famous People Buried in the Abbey
Over the centuries, famous people from all walks of life — poets, composers, actors, writers, politicians, etc. have been buried in Westminster Abbey. Here are just a few:
- Sir Isaac Newton
- Charles Darwin
- Rudyard Kipling
- Geoffrey Chaucer
- Oliver Cromwell
- Henry Purcell
- Samuel Johnson
- George Fridirick Handel
- Earl of Chatham
- David Livingstone
- Robert Browning
- Alfred Tennyson
- Neville Chamberlain
- Sir Laurence Olivier
Westminster Abbey is situated in the heart of London, next to Parliament
Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament.
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Nearest Underground Stations
St James’s Park (District and Circle Lines) and Westminster
(Jubilee, District & Circle Lines)
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