Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Westminster Abbey

The heart and soul of the nation’s spiritual life is also England’s finest example of ecclesiastic architecture.

Westminster Abbey has played host to 26 royal weddings and 38 coronations. It’s the final resting place for hundreds of Great Britain's legendary figures.

Outwardly, Westminster Abbey may appear an austere work of architecture, with its twin medieval gothic towers and pointed spires. But step through the North Door and you’ll find yourself immersed in centuries of rich and ornate history. The original structure dates back to 1245 when it was rebuilt over Edward the Confessor’s 1042 abbey. The abbey’s haphazard construction progressed slowly through famine and revolution, culminating in a sacred space where the great ages of humanity come together.

It would be almost sinful to rush through the abbey, so try to set aside at least half a day to explore its many treasures. Visualise the 38 kings and queens who have perched high on the Coronation Chair. Many of them now lie forever in the tombs in the Nave. Reflect on the stirring words of Sir Winston Churchill, whose memorial lies near the West Door. At the poppy-wreathed Grave of the Unknown Warrior, pay your respects to the fallen British soldiers of World War I. Join lovers of literature in Poets’ Corner, where giants of English literature, such as William Shakespeare, T.S. Elliot and Dylan Thomas, are buried.

Venture into one of the abbey’s oldest areas, the 11th-century vaulted undercroft of St. Peter. Now a museum, its exhibits include royal effigies, death masks and clothing. Afterwards, follow in the footsteps of monks throughout the ages by taking a meditative walk in the College Gardens.

Attending a service at the abbey can be a memorable highlight of your London visit, however, popular services, such as Christmas, require advance booking. A free, detailed audio tour is available at the North Door and guided tours are also available. Do remember, photography is not permitted in the abbey and the interior can get very cold in winter.

Westminster Abbey is located in central London, next to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The abbey is open to visitors every day except Sundays, when worship services are held. The nearest Underground stations are St. James’s Park and Westminster.


Guide to Exploring Westminster Abbey


Map

Top Hotel Deals

See all 3,387 Hotels near Westminster Abbey
€118
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

200 Westminster Bridge Road, London
4.4
of 5, from 8,604 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly London hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. St. Thomas' Hospital and Sea Life London Aquarium are also within 5 minutes.

€94
The Strand Palace Hotel

The Strand Palace Hotel

372 The Strand, London
4.0
of 5, from 8,391 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Covent Garden Market and King's College London. Royal Opera House and London Coliseum are also within 10 minutes.

€391
Corinthia Hotel London

Corinthia Hotel London

Whitehall Place, London
4.9
of 5, from 502 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Horse Guard's Building, National Gallery and Trafalgar Square. Coca-Cola London Eye and Big Ben are also within 10 minutes.

€120
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Westminster

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Westminster

30 John Islip Street, London
4.3
of 5, from 2,994 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tate Britain, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey are also within 15 minutes.

€132
St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London

54 Buckingham Gate, London
4.4
of 5, from 1,936 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in City of Westminster, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buckingham Palace, Victoria Palace Theatre, and St. James Park. Big Ben and Westminster Abbey are also within 15 minutes.

€119
The Grosvenor Hotel

The Grosvenor Hotel

101 Buckingham Palace Road, London
4.2
of 5, from 1,013 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Belgravia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Victoria Palace Theatre, Buckingham Palace and St. James Park. Big Ben and Sloane Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).

€118
Park Plaza County Hall London

Park Plaza County Hall London

1 Addington Street, London
4.4
of 5, from 3,761 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Lambeth, this spa hotel is steps away from Southbank Centre Book Market and Florence Nightingale Museum. The Vaults and Jubilee Gardens are also within 5 minutes.

€100
Park Plaza London Waterloo

Park Plaza London Waterloo

6 Hercules Road, London
4.5
of 5, from 974 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Lambeth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florence Nightingale Museum, The Vaults and Imperial War Museum. Old Vic and Southbank Centre Book Market are also within 10 minutes.