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A 4-Step Guide To Visiting Westminster Abbey

Dating back to the 11th century, Westminster Abbey has long been a monumental historical landmark for visitors and Londoners alike.

Steeped in history, it’s no wonder that Westminster Abbey has become a tourist destination for anyone visiting London

To celebrate King Charles III’s Coronation, here is our guide to visiting Westminster Abbey.

In this guide, we will cover:

  1. How do you get to Westminster Abbey?
  2. What does it cost to visit Westminster Abbey?
  3. What is the best time to visit Westminster Abbey
  4. How long does it take to visit Westminster Abbey?

1. How Do You Get To Westminster Abbey?

There are a variety of ways to get to Westminster Abbey depending on your location. 

Generally speaking, the tube is the quickest and most convenient way to get there. 

If you intend to get the tube, the closest stations to the abbey are Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle lines) as well as St James’s Park (Jubilee, District and Circle lines). Both of these tube stations are around a five minute walk from Westminster Abbey. 

At Yellow Moon Tours, we can travel to Westminster Abbey on a private tour of London by foot, by car, by tube, or by boat depending on your preference.

westminster abbey front
Westminster Abbey is just a short walk from the nearest tube station.

Additionally, we can incorporate other London attractions nearby into the tour, including Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, to ensure you see as much of London as possible.

If you’re interested in booking a private tour today, get in touch with 

2. What Does It Cost To Visit Westminster Abbey?

As of 2023, it costs £27 for a standard adult ticket to visit Westminster Abbey. For students and people over the age of 65+ tickets cost £24, for children 6 to 17 £12, and for children under 6 it’s free.

Additionally, if you join the Abbey Association, then you can get free entrance tickets to Westminster Abbey alongside other benefits. 

While the price might seem expensive, it’s well worth it considering the level of history the building holds, the fact it’s self-supporting, and it is one of the most famous places in London you can visit. 

That said, it’s worth noting that if you purchase your ticket online, you can upgrade your ticket to an annual ticket free of charge, meaning that you can visit Westminster Abbey up to three times in one year for the price of one visit. 

3. What Is The Best Time To Visit Westminster Abbey?

The best time to visit Westminster Abbey will largely depend on your reasons for wanting to visit it. 

Perhaps it’s a must-see on your history sightseeing tour, somewhere you wish to pay your respects to kings and queens of the past, a holy place you’d like to visit to say your prayers or a combination of all three.

stained glass windows at westminster abbeys
You’ll want to schedule enough time to take in the breathtaking stained glass windows.

In terms of entry times, Westminster Abbey is open from 9.30am to 3.30pm from Monday to Friday, and 9am to 3pm on Saturdays. 

As Westminster Abbey is an active place of worship, Sunday visitations are reserved for worship only, which is free of charge.

That said, in order to prepare for the coronation, Westminster Abbey will be closed to visitors and worshippers from 25th April and will re-open on Monday 8th May. If you intend to visit during a trip to London, you will need to bear this in mind. 

4. How Long Does It Take To Visit Westminster Abbey?

With a lot of history and heritage to digest, it isn’t difficult to spend a few hours at Westminster Abbey.

That said, you can spend as much or as little time as you like looking around Westminster Abbey when visiting London

At Yellow Moon Tours, we can create a private tour for families, couples, or even solo travellers that incorporates Westminster Abbey into the day.

westminster abbey architecture
Architecture enthusiasts will want to take extra time to take in the buildings stunning features.

If you wish to spend a few hours there, we can design a tour with Westminster Abbey as the centrepiece.

Alternatively, if you wish to as part of a wider tour of London, then you can shorten your visit to accommodate more sightseeing spots along the way. 

We hope that this article has given you a better understanding of visiting Westminster Abbey and what you can expect from your visit to the historical 

For inquiries or questions, contact us today at info@yellowmoontours.com or on +442032903665 to book your private tour today or check out our Instagram page.

Written by Jemima Thomas for Yellow Moon Tours, the private tours specialist covering London private tours, private tours of Paris, New York private tours and Ireland private tours from Dublin.

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