This place is known due to its beauty and an everlasting home for the well renowned personalities. Most of the royals from Henry to George II buried there.
Westminster Abbey was never a cathedral (the seat of a bishop). This building is directly administered by the Crown. An interesting thing about this special place is that almost all kings have been crowned here. This tradition started since William who was the great Conqueror. However those who were murdered (Edward V) or abdicated (Edward VIII) could not make this grand building an eternal place to live.
The building itself captures the attention of visitor. Though its inspiring architectural styles, this building is known to be the supreme example of Early English Gothic in existence. Edward the Confessor, a great king, built this church originally in 11th century and he is buried in the chapel behind the main altar. After him Henry III initiated work on this building in 1245 but also could not accomplish the work.
Other than the royal wedding, royal graves of some greatest personalities who got renowned for their work have been buried here. Among such great people include, Hardy, Tennyson, Dr Johnson and Kipling. The area where such great people have been buried is known Poets’ Corner and on the other side you will find the graves of Handel and Sir Isaac Newton.
Henry VII’s glorious Late Perpendicular-style Lady Chapelwas consecrated in 1519 after almost16 years of construction. Even if you do not have a religious mind you can enjoy the beautiful atmosphere sitting in this grand place.
The octagonal shaped Chapter Housewas built in 1250s and at this place the monks would meet for their daily prayer. This tradition continued till the defeat of Henry VIII. Then it was used as a treasury and Royal Wardrobe. The nearby Abbey Museum has preserved the grand marks of generations of royalty.
The nearby Abbey Museum has preserved the grand marks of generations of royalty.
A few Parts of the Abbey complex has free entry for visitors. Among these are the Cloister and College Gardenthat is almost 900 years old. Here you can enjoy free concerts if you reach here between12.30pm to 2pm on Wednesdays from mid-July to mid-August. Next to to the abbey is St Margaret’s Church that is the House of Commons’ place of worship since almost 1614. There are beautiful windows that remind churchgoers Caxton and Milton, and Sir Walter Raleigh who were interred here.
Here you can join a tour that are arranged by the trust itself and each tour comprise of 25 peoples only.
Moreover, entry to the Abbey is free. IF you reach here on weekdays then you can join Matins at 7.30am, Holy Communion at 8am and 12.30pm, and Choral Evensong at 5pm in the evening. However these services continued throughout the day on Sundays.
Opening time and Ticket Cost
Opening time for Royal Chapels: 9.30am-4.30pm, Mon-Fri (last admission 3.30pm) until 7pm Wed (last adm 6pm)and on Sat9.30am-2.30pm. closed on Sunday. Museum and Chapter House opening time 10.30am-4pm (Mon-Sat). Ticket cost £16, £13(Senior) and student over 18 years having ticket cost £6-11.
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