From Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Saturdays: 9.30am to 1.00pm
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes (approx)
Audio guides are available to pick up (in 12 languages)
A printed copy of your ticket is required
The beauty of Westminster Abbey, with its towers rising high above mighty entrance doors, has witnessed centuries of royal coronations, funerals and the most celebrated of weddings. Every English monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned here, most recently Queen Elizabeth herself in the 1950s, in the first royal event to captivate the British nation on television. This is a place of sombre royal occasions too. The world watched as Princess Diana's funeral was held at Westminster Abbey in 1997. For hundreds of years, the Abbey has celebrated royal weddings, most recently that of Prince William to Kate Middleton.
Step in and stop to imagine these nation-shaping moments. Inside the magnificent abbey, your visit - best booked in advance - includes an audio guide available in 12 different languages. You'll see not only the magnificence of the neo-Gothic interior but the Coronation Chair itself, unchanged for centuries and a crucial symbol of the continuation of the British monarchy. All around you stand tombs and memorials - some quiet, some flamboyant - of the royal, rich, famous and noteworthy. Great cultural figures are remembered in the celebrated Poets' Corner, where you'll see a renowned bust of William Shakespeare among many others. A visit to Westminster Abbey breathes with the history of a nation.