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Top sights in London
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.
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.
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.
Dickens was the author of A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and Great Expectations - works which have created cultural ripples in TV and film.
Sir Newton, who studied at Cambridge, is famous for discovering gravity when an apple fell on his head from a tree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell have long passed on but their names will always be remembered, as will the legacies they left behind. They will be remembered by nurses and the general public. They died in very different circumstances, but both rose against unacceptable conditions and conventions; as a consequence changes followed for which the world is and always will be grateful. The lamp of Florence Nightingale continues to shed light on nursing and healthcare in general, and Edith Cavell's teaching on how to treat everybody without exception equal is what has moved nursing into the twenty-first century and made it into the highly respected profession it is today. We will always remember them.
The tour guide gave a great overview of the City of Westminster, things I wouldn't have seen just walking through myself. Churchill's War room doesn't have guided tours or skip the line entry - except for this tour, as far as I could find. When we got to the entrance, there was a long line but we walked right in - spending the past hour touring Westminster rather than just standing in the sun.
Fantastic way to see the city and learn about London, Tour guide was good, but we were disappointed that even though we had booked for 1pm tour of bus, cruise and changing of the guards, we were told that we were unable to see this as it was only available on the 8am tour, which was not stated when booking tickets.
This is a must see. I have been to many places all over the world and this was beautiful! We went with our children 17, 14 and 5. They are enjoyed it! The only down side for our 5 year old is they give them a book instead of the audio guide and he can't read yet. So, that was a miss!
The last bit is more exciting than the first bit. But she made it exciting, meaning that all in whole excellent. From Westminster upward was fantastic loved it, and she’s a top business girl with range skills and her good communication