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Westminster Abbey, London

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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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  • It started with young Aldrich, a fisherman, who had a vision of St. Peter. And so a monastery or minster was built by Benedictine monks and known locally as west minster. Westminster Abbey is not a ca...  more »
  • Westminster Abbey really is stunning and the architecture is fantastic. There was a lot more history inside than I was anticipating as this is where past kings and queens as well as Isaac Newton are b...  more »
  • We did not actually visit the interior of Westminster Abbey as (a) the queues were very long and (b) an entry fee of £ 22 per person to visit a church appears excessive. As it is, it is nice to walk i...  more »
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  • Westminster Abbey was so fun. It was very quick to get in and very cheap. I loved all the history and all the statues. I really recommend this for people visiting London. 100% AWESOME
  • A beautiful place of peace and spirituality. Whether Christian or other or none faith well worth a visit just to be amazed by the work of the master craftsmen whose talent shines through down through the centuries .....
  • I came here with my church group of 20 people. You are not allowed to wear clothing that cares your shoulders or anything above the knee. Sandals are allowed. We arrived at 2 pm, which is the time the church is open to the public. Overall, the architecture was interesting but we found it boring although we know of the significance of the church. There was a monk at the back praying in a pretty accessible room. He was very still and scared a lot of us when he moved and turned around. It was very eery. We then went to see the confession rooms, then followed a path at the back to a viewpoint.
  • I do not usually enjoy walking through a church, but this was different. The architecture and history is incredible. The fact that soo many different monarchs and individuals have had a design influence on the construction of various parts of the building was most interesting to me. Different parts of the church and abbey were constructed or reconstructed in different architectural periods. There are so many tombs, burials and memorials in the church that it seems more a historical memorial site rather than a religious ground.
  • Fabulous. The most interesting religious building I have been to. Worth the money. The tour and guide fantastic

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