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Who is buried in Westminster Abbey?

In the heart of London, one of England's most famous churches is not only the location of national events - perhaps most recently, the Royal Wedding - but also the burial ground of some of the country's key historical figures.

Saebert of Essex

Saebert of Essex

England's heritage is rich with Saxon influences. Saebert ruled in the 6th century and is celebrated as one of the first kings to convert from pagan religions to Christianity.

Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I

Her reign spanned the Anglo-Spanish war and English settlement in the Americas, but she is also known for ordering the execution of her cousin, Queen Mary of Scotland.

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Dickens was the author of A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations - works which have created cultural ripples in TV and film.

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Newton, who studied at Cambridge, is famous for discovering gravity when an apple fell on his head from a tree.

Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

The father of the notorious Henry VIII has his very own chapel area and is buried next to his wife. Their tomb is luxurious, gold, and in Renaissance style to reflect their wealth.

Our insider tips

Photography not allowed

Photography is not permitted in the church area, only in the cloisters. There will be clear guidance as to where these areas are - if in doubt, ask someone who works there.

Memorials

Even if they are not physically buried at the Abbey, there are many memorial stones to famous influencers - among them the Bronte sisters, Martin Luther King, Jr., and William Shakespeare.

Dress code

As it is a church, visitors are asked to take care in how they dress when visiting Westminster Abbey - no hats and knees and shoulders covered.

Luggage

Large luggage items can't be brought inside the building - it is recommended that you check them into the secure storage facilities at one of London's major rail stations.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Visiting hours vary by day, so make sure you check online to plan ahead.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are £20 with family package and concessions options available. Audio-guides are included in the price.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's a great way to see some of London, and the Abbey! A guide will be able to lead you directly to the most famous grave sites.
  • How to get there
    Take the tube to St. James's Park or Westminster, or check the bus schedule for numerous options.
  • Additional information

    • Sensible footwear is advised! Much of the flooring is uneven.

    • A disabled-access tour plan can be found online at the DisabledGo website.

What people are saying about Westminster Abbey

Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 5,213 reviews

Three day ticket was good value for money

We were a group of four, with 3-day tickets. We saw everything we wanted to see. The life commentary on the red tour was instructive and fun. The river cruise to Greenwich was included, again, the commentary was interesting. The traffic in London was bad due to roadworks, but the tour buses made a good job of it. However, we were not informed in time that one of the stops was not open, and so we had to walk back a while to get where we wanted to be. There had been a lengthy raft of instructions, as well as a change of bus, and so what was being said may have made sense to the staff, but we did not hear it. That was the only negative of the three day experience.

The walking tour of Westminster was excellent--brought history to life

The walking tour of Westminster was excellent--the guide brought history to life, with many interesting stories. The War Rooms tour was really interesting, but I was surprised to find out that portion was not guided and instead was an audio guide tour. That should be noted, so people can decide if that's what they want. Because I'm hearing impaired, that was not really a good option for me.

Nice walking tour....well timed to see changing of horses at palace.

Guide did a great job keeping the group moving and informing along the way. She timed our arrival at the palace and positioned us for optimal photos. Also good job skipping the line at the Churchill war rooms. Would have liked her sign/flag to match the tour name or say "get your guide".

Entertaining, great way to spend and hour and a bit!

Like theatre on the road. Great tour interesting and entertaining. Im unable yo take part in walking tours. This was a fab way to see the “ghoulish” sites in London whilst being seated on a bus. If you get a chance try this, just dont take it to seriously.......

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Good way to get the overall feel of the city.

Even though our trip was somewhat interrupted by major protests on the streets Big Bus did there best trying to navigate the unexpected road closers. We have been on other tours they offer in other city’s and have always had good service.