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Westminster Abbey Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What are the opening hours?

    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, but everyone is welcome to attend the services.

  • How do I get there?

    Two major railway stations (London Victoria, London Waterloo), two London Underground stations (Westminster, St. James Park) and regular red London buses will take you close to the Abbey doors.

  • Is there a dress code to visit Westminster Abbey?

    Westminster Abbey is a Church and a place of daily worship. Visitors are asked to respect this when dressing and gentlement must remove their hats while in Church.

Exploring Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, located near the Houses of Parliament, is more a historical site than a religious site. Since 1066 every royal coronation, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII has taken place in this church. The abbey also serves as the burial ground for numerous politicians, sovereigns and artists. The abbey is stuffed with tombs, statues and monuments. Many coffins even stand upright due to the lack of space. In total approximately 3300 people are buried in the church and cloisters. Some of the most famous are Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton and David Livingstone.

Accommodations near Westminster Abbey

London caters for every type of traveler from budget backpackers to high-brow hunters. Choose from a wide selection of stays, from classic British hotels to quirky boutiques, inexpensive hostels to serviced apartments. Whatever you decide upon, however, you aren’t likely to spend much time locked up indoors as London’s busy streets will beckon you away. Options include the Conrad London St. James, Marriott London County Hall or The Sanctuary House Hotel.

Sightseeing near Westminster Abbey

- Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, is the seat of the two parliamentary houses of the United Kingdom: the House of Lords and the House of Commons. In the middle of the eleventh century, King Edward the Confessor had moved his court to the Palace of Westminster, situated on a central site near the river Thames. In 1265 a parliament was created with two houses: the Lords and the Commons. The House of Lords met at the Palace of Westminster while the House of Commons did not have a permanent location. After King Henry VIII moved his court to Whitehall Palace in 1530, the House of Lords continued to meet in Westminster. In 1547 the House of Commons also moved here, confirming Westminster as the central seat of government, a position it still holds today.

- Big Ben

The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster - officially named Saint Stephen's Tower - is commonly known as the Big Ben. The tower is one of London's most famous landmarks. The clock inside the tower was the world's largest when it was installed in the middle of the nineteenth century. The name Big Ben actually refers to the clock's hour bell, the largest of the clock's five bells. The other four are used as quarter bells.

Transportation near Westminster Abbey

The fastest way is to get there by tube. Take the tube to St James's Park (District and Circle Lines) and Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines).

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