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Westminster Abbey, London

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Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Architectural Building
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Ever since William the Conqueror's coronation here in 1066, Westminster Abbey has remained one of England's most important religious and ceremonial sites. Every English and British monarch after William also received his or her crown here. More than 600 monuments and memorials in the abbey honor famous Britons. The current building is over 700 years old. Note the many intricate details, including stained-glass windows, tapestries, monumental sculptures, and flying buttresses. Spend extra time in Poets' Corner, where poets and writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Charles Dickens are buried. After you finish walking around the abbey, head down to its museum. The oldest part of the complex, it contains many royal and religious artifacts and displays wax effigies of past monarchs. You can use a complimentary audio guide you or hire a verger (a layperson providing services to the church) as a guide for a small extra fee, an option which can provide rich context to your visit. For travelers who use our international travel planner, London holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Westminster Abbey and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We went on the earliest possible tour to try to get a guided tour but the morning was already booked before we arrived. Not sure how to book a guided tour in advance but recommend that if you can... 
    We went on the earliest possible tour to try to get a guided tour but the morning was already booked before we arrived. Not sure how to book a guided tour in advance but recommend that if you can...  more »
  • What a fantastic way to spend two hours, the abbey is magnificent and you feel in awe of the famous Kings and Queens buried there, There is a one way system in operation which makes it easy to... 
    What a fantastic way to spend two hours, the abbey is magnificent and you feel in awe of the famous Kings and Queens buried there, There is a one way system in operation which makes it easy to...  more »
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  • Having never been in the Abbey, only past it many times, we were very excited to be invited to a private party viewing after the public had all left. This was, obviously, amazing. Having said that the Abbey is exceptional in all respects. We found the staff extremely friendly, welcoming and informative and the Abbey itself stunning. It has an amazing atmosphere, incredible architecture (obviously) and a huge collection of historically important artifacts. We also visited the Queen's Jubilee Gallery. This is definitely worth visiting, and, in fact, the staircase (which I would recommend climbing!) is an architectural achievement in its own right (it was the subject of one of the episodes of 'The Art of Architecture' shown on Channel 4) & is amazing both inside and out. The Gallery is full of extremely interesting finds, and the view down the Nave is exceptional (although you aren't allowed to photograph it which is frustrating). I can highly recommend a visit to both the Abbey and the Gallery.
  • Westminster Abbey is one of the most beautiful historical sites situated in the heart of London. Steeped in more than a thousand years of history, Westminster Abbey is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs. The present building which dates mainly from the reign of King Henry III,  is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint still at its heart. I would highly recommend a visit 👍

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