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Westminster Abbey

20 Dean's Yard | London SW1P 3PA | Official website
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Paulo Ordoveza for USN & WR
  • Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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This medieval church, graced by 16 royal weddings and nearly 40 coronations, offers a magnificent tutorial of London's far-reaching history. Westminster Abbey is pretty much always busy — and the staff keeps you moving at a pretty swift pace — so do a little research ahead of time to avoid missing your personal must-sees. For instance, if you're a bibliophile, consider a visit to the Poets' Corner. This is the final resting place of famed authors Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, and Rudyard Kipling. If you're fascinated by all the intrigue surrounding the British royalty, you might like to visit the shared tomb of enemies and half-sisters Elizabeth I and Mary Tudor.

If you prefer to see the Abbey at your own pace, but still want a little guidance on the history you're encountering, take advantage of the free audio guides. Alternatively, you can take a 90-minute Verger-led tour and see the Shrine (containing the tomb of Saint Edward the Confessor), the Royal Tombs, Poets' Corner, the Cloisters, and the Nave. Tack on an extra £3 GBP (around $5 USD) to your admission price if you plan on taking this tour.

Although most travelers agree that Westminster Abbey is indeed a must-see attraction, some lament the high admission price and overwhelming crowds. Keep in mind, photos are not allowed, to many travelers' chagrin. Westminster Abbey is usually open to visitors Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., though you should check the abbey's calendar for any scheduled closings before you plan your tour. Admission for adults costs £18 GBP (approximately $30 USD), while children younger than 11 can enter for free. For more information about tour times and admission prices, visit the Westminster Abbey website. You'll find Westminster Abbey off the Westminster tube stop.

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