Westminster Abbey

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. Sir Isaac Newton

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

  • 5. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Westminster Abbey

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My party consisted of 2 adults and 1 child. Myself and wife were a little apprehensive about Londons busy streets and the fact nether of us had risen a bike for years. The tour was one of the best excursions we've done and well worth the money. It was safe, saw most of Londons famous landmarks and our guide (Pat) was wonderfully informative entertaining.

easy to get River pass from Westminster and just showed the pass at the museums in Greenwich. very easy and enjoyable day, would recommend.

Great way to get about and to give you an overall idea where the main attractions are.Loved the boat ride.

Fab done night bus excellent Boay dwn to grenitch loved it the 2 lads knew everything it was great

Took a brother visiting london for the first from Belgium and he has a fantastic time! Thank you