In 2011, it was one of the most watched churches of all time. William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, tied the knot there. It’s an English staple and definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in the area. Behold the sight of Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey is located just across the street from Parliament Square. There are plenty of public transit stops nearby which makes getting to her a breeze.
The church is open daily for tours beginning at 10:00 AM. However, there is no entry to the chapel during the hours of 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM as that is when daily mass services are held.
Tours of Westminster Abbey are self guided. Simply head to the North Door, collect your wristband and headset and off you go. Security checks are mandatory and the Abbey has no place to store large luggage items.
While you tour the famous chapel, there is lots to see and do. Don’t miss seeing the Coronation Chair in St. George’s Chapel. This chair is still used today during coronation services. The last person to ever sit in it? Queen Elizabeth II.
If you are a lover of literature like I am, you’ll definitely not want to miss checking out the Poet’s Corner. Over 100 poets are buried or commemorated in this part of the chapel. Some of the names you will find include William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, the Bronte Sisters, and Charles Dickens.
The Lady Chapel is also a must see spot. It’s breathtaking medieval feel will have you checking out every ounce of woodworking and carvings. She also boasts high vaulted ceilings and incredible stained glass windows.
This is also the burial place of Elizabeth I, Mary I, Mary Queen of Scots, and what is thought to be the remains of the Princes in the Tower, Edward V and Richard Duke of York.
If you visit during the right time, music will be ringing out from The Quire. The young boys who make up the quire are sure to please your ears with their voices. You should also mark the Cloisters as a must visit when you take in the Abbey. The Cloisters are where the monks spent the majority of their time in the 13th to 15th centuries.
To enhance your experience, why not check out the mass schedule ahead of time and take in a service while you visit? You will surely not forget the time you went to a service at Westminster Abbey.
Tickets are required for entry and run on fairly decently priced side of things. 365 Tickets Canada has your tickets for adults starting at $26.73 USD, children at $12.03 USD, and seniors and students with valid ID’s for $22.72 USD. Make sure you head to 365 Tickets Canada to get your tickets to explore one of the most historical and beautiful churches on your visit to London.