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Westminster Abby, The Royal Peculiar

One of the most sought after tourist spot in London is none other than the most famous Westminister Abby. This is largely a Gothic Abbey church situated in the city of Westminister, London, The square mile of England. This famous tourist location is the most notable religious buildings in the United Kingdom known for the traditional place of coronation and the burial of the English and later the English Monarchs.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Abbey#/media/File:Westminster-Abbey.JPG

The 5 Facts of Westminister Abbey

  1. Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster is the official name of the Westminister Abbey.
  2. When the abbey was founded in 960 AD, it existed on a small island on the Thames called Thorney Island. The island no longer exists, although it has provided the name for Thorney Street in Westminster, now home to MI5.
  3. Four Glasgow students broke into the abbey to steal the Stone of Scone – or the Stone of Destiny, as it is known in Scotland, On Christmas Eve 1950.
  4. The Sanctuary of the Abby is decorated by a Cosmati pavement, made of 1000 cut pieces of mosaic & porphyry, its brass lettering telling us the date it was created, the king who ruled, and that it came from Rome. It calculates the world will end in 19,683 years.
  5. This abbey has the highest Gothic vault in the whole of England, with height being 102 feet.
 

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Westminster Abby is one of the world’s marvels of a magnificent architectural structure and it still stricks as a marvel to the eyes of the tourists who visit it. It is a Masterpiece of art dating from the Benedictine monastery. This is the place where all the coronations and weddings take place of the royal family. It also is a burial ground for the warriors and martyrs and counts 3,300 Burials till date.

The Direction Guide

This Architectural marvel is in the City of West minister just west to the Palace of Westminister. The Abbey is 10 minutes away from the centre point of London, Which is 25 minutes away by foot and 18 minutes from the Centre point by underground train.

Picture courtsey: Google Maps
Picture courtsey: Google Maps

Address:
20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK

Underground
Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines)
St. James’s Park (District and Circle Lines)

National Rail
London Victoria (0.8 miles)
London Waterloo (0.8 miles)

You can plan your trip to with the busses by clicking on the link. https://tfl.gov.uk/

Timings And Tickets

OPENING TIME:

Westminster Abbey General Admittance
Mon – Fri – 9.00am – 3:30pm,
Sat – 9.00am – 1:00pm

Westminster Abbey Group Entry
Mon – Fri – 9.00am – 12.30pm
Sat – 9.00am – 12:30pm

Chapter House
Mon – Sat -10.00am – 2.00pm

Cellarium Café and Terrace
Mon – Fri -7.30am – 6.00pm,
Sat – 9.00am – 5:00pm
Sun – 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cloister
Mon – Fri – 9.30am – 4.30pm,
Sat – 9.30am – 2:00pm
Sun – 9.30am – 4.30pm

College Garden
Open Tue, Wed, Thu – 10.00am – 4.00pm

Westminster Abbey Shop
Mon- Sat – 9.15am – 6.30pm,
Sun – 11.00am – 5.00pm

TICKETS

Adults
Buy online for fast track entry – £22
Buy at the Abbey – £24

Concessions
Adults aged 65+ and students – Buy online for fast track entry – £19
Adults aged 65+ and students – Buy at the Abbey – £21
Wheelchair users and their carers – Free

Children
6-17 years – £9
6-17 years – Buy at the Abbey – £10
0-5 years – Free (when accompanied by an adult)

Families – 1 adult and 1 child
Buy online for fast track entry – £22
+ Each additional child – £9

Buy at the Abbey – £24
+ Each additional child – £9

The best time to visit the Vatican is between March and May.

Dress Code

Westminster Abbey is a Church and it is also a place of worship for the visitors. Visitors are all requested to dress modestly and that the men to remove their hats while they are in Church.

 

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So this will help you to learn all the necessary things that you will need to know about the Architectural Pinnacle, the Westminister Abbey. This should definitely be on your checklist whenever you will be travelling to the United Kingdom. All the major attractions can be fitted into a 4 day ideal London tour with Pickyourtrail. Get ready to fill in your bucket list with the activity.

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