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Westminster Abbey
- Royal Weddings & Funerals
- Coronation Chair
- Tombs & Memorials of Monarchs
- Famous People Buried in the Abbey
- Venue Bookings

Westminster Abbey
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.

Royal Weddings
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.

Royal Funerals
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.

Coronation Chair
The Abbey's famous Coronation Chair (located near the Tomb of Henry V) can be viewed — this is popular with history buffs!

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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.


Venue Bookings
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.

Group Discounts
Special Group Discount for
Groups of 15 or more.

 

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey close-up


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

Abbey Hours
Mon-Fri 9am-4:45pm
Sun 9am-2:45pm


Location
Westminster Abbey is situated in the heart of London, next to Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament.

Google Map of
Westminster Abbey

Nearest Underground Stations
St James’s Park (District and Circle Lines) and Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines)


 

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Westminster Abbey
+44 (0) 20-7222-5152



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