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Opening hours:

daily 09:00-06:00

Address:

20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA

Transport:

St. James' Park or Westminster underground stations

E-Mail:

info@westminster-abbey.org

Phone:

+44 20 72225152

Rates and features:

£18

Attraction

Westminster Abbey

Although a church has been located on the site since the 11th century, Westminster Abbey in its current form was constructed in the 13th century on the orders of King Henry III (1207-1272). The cathedral's impressive Gothic facades were among the first parts to be constructed and still dominate the building today. Every monarch of England since William the Conqueror in 1066 has been crowned at Westminster Abbey. In addition, the weddings and funerals of monarchs have also traditionally taken place here. During a tour of the building, you can admire the elaborate sarcophagi of royals including Edward the Confessor, Mary Queen of Scots and William the Conqueror.?A selection of other famous British citizens are interred at Westminster Abbey, including the author Charles Dickens, naturalist and physicist Isaac Newton, and German-born court composer Georg Friedrich Handel.
The western facade of the cathedral should also not be missed, and features marble statues of ten religious heroes of the 20th century, including Maximilian Kolbe, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King. Poet's Corner features plaques and statues commemorating British writers such as William Shakespeare, while the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honours the fallen of the First World War.