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In the heart of London, one of England's most famous churches is not only the location of national events - perhaps most recently, the Royal Wedding - but also the burial ground of some of the country's key historical figures.
England's heritage is rich with Saxon influences. Saebert ruled in the 6th century and is celebrated as one of the first kings to convert from pagan religions to Christianity.
Her reign spanned the Anglo-Spanish war and English settlement in the Americas, but she is also known for ordering the execution of her cousin, Queen Mary of Scotland.
Dickens was the author of A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations - works which have created cultural ripples in TV and film.
Sir Newton, who studied at Cambridge, is famous for discovering gravity when an apple fell on his head from a tree.
The father of the notorious Henry VIII has his very own chapel area and is buried next to his wife. Their tomb is luxurious, gold, and in Renaissance style to reflect their wealth.
Photography is not permitted in the church area, only in the cloisters. There will be clear guidance as to where these areas are - if in doubt, ask someone who works there.
Even if they are not physically buried at the Abbey, there are many memorial stones to famous influencers - among them the Bronte sisters, Martin Luther King, Jr., and William Shakespeare.
As it is a church, visitors are asked to take care in how they dress when visiting Westminster Abbey - no hats and knees and shoulders covered.
Large luggage items can't be brought inside the building - it is recommended that you check them into the secure storage facilities at one of London's major rail stations.
- When to visitVisiting hours vary by day, so make sure you check online to plan ahead.
- What is the price?Adult tickets are £20 with family package and concessions options available. Audio-guides are included in the price.
- Will I need a guide?It's a great way to see some of London, and the Abbey! A guide will be able to lead you directly to the most famous grave sites.
- How to get thereTake the tube to St. James's Park or Westminster, or check the bus schedule for numerous options.
- Additional tips
- Sensible footwear is advised! Much of the flooring is uneven.
- A disabled-access tour plan can be found online at the DisabledGo website.
What People Are Saying About Westminster Abbey
Our guide was awesome! And he made sure didn't let list in the Underground either. Showed us the Muggle equivalents to the Magical world. He really got us engaged in exploring London! Our family had a a fun time and met alto of neat folks from around the world too. Get ready to do a whole lot of walking!
Tom was a brilliant guide & made the tour come alive. He knew all the facts & was very confident in guiding us around London. I would particularly recommend this tour if you wanted to see London while during the tour.
My partner and I took this tour a few days ago and it was a really perfect introduction to the city, with a lot of information and quirky stories. We had a great time!
We have enjoyed a pleasant walk around one of the most emblematic places in london.
A great way to see many of the top tourist sights in London. Relaxed & very entertaining commentary told us new facts about the area that we were unaware of. Highly recommend!