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London Westminster Abbey Tickets: how to buy and prices

Behind that spectacular facade, the interior of Westminster Abbey does not leave the visitor indifferent. I tell you how to get tickets

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

8 min read

London Westminster Abbey Tickets: how to buy and prices

Westminster Abbey | © Justin Horton

Westminster Abbey is famous worldwide and is known as "the church of the Royal Family", being the pantheon of the monarchs and home of their coronations since 1066.

I advise you to buy your ticket online and in advance or you will face terrible waits at the box office. There are mainly two ways to access the Abbey, I will summarize them and tell you the details so you can choose which one is best for you.

The most economical option

London Westminster Abbey Tickets

Discover Westminster Abbey in the most convenient and quickest way

Tour this emblematic building at your own pace and learn the secrets of the British Crown. With your audio guide you will learn all about the history of the Abbey and its surroundings.

Get your tickets to Westminster Abbey in advance and you will not have to worry about waiting in line at the ticket office once there. Being one of the most important buildings in London and receiving thousands of visitors, it is best, without doubt, to purchase tickets to the Abbey in advance and discover the history of the royal coronations that lie behind.

Thanks to the audio guide that includes this pass you will not lose detail of the history of the kings buried there, being able to visit every corner of the Abbey at your own pace. You can stop whenever you want and contemplate each of the monuments that houses the mythical church, the site of great royal weddings.

Recommended if... what you prioritize is to do the tour at your own pace, without schedules or groups.

The most complete option

London Westminster Abbey and the House of Parliament Guided Tour (optional)

Get to know Westminster Abbey and Big Ben with a specialized guide.

If you want to complete the experience with a guided tour and also visit the Houses of Parliament -where Big Ben is located-, this is your option.

The most recommended when visiting Westminster Abbey is that you take the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament ('Houses of Parliament'). To do this, the best thing to do is to book in advance the guided tour of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament and not have to waste time in the long queues that form daily to access two of the major points of interest of the capital.

This guided tour will entitle you to a tour of about 4 hours for the history of the United Kingdom with capital letters. You will enter the fascinating Westminster Abbey to see, among other wonders, its Coronation Chair, the 900-year-old University Garden and Poets' Corner, and the Houses of Parliament, home of the famous Big Ben and the meeting place of the British government, with its famous House of Commons and House of Lords.

Recommended if... you want to learn a little more about the history and details of two of the great symbols of the British capital.

The savings option

London Pass

The best attractions of the city, at a special price

If in addition to visiting Westminster Abbey you are planning to see the inside of other London attractions, the London Pass will save you time and money during your trip.

As a major attraction, Westminster Abbey is included in several of the tourist passes, such as the London Pass, which you can purchase to get to know London while saving time and money. If you are going to travel a minimum of 3 or 4 days to the British capital and want to see several of its points of interest, without doubt, this is the option that I recommend the most.

Tickets, not only to access Westminster Abbey, but for the vast majority of London attractions, are paid and quite high prices, and long queues can exhaust your patience. If you feel like evaluating this option, I have written a detailed article on London Pass with all the information you need to know.

Recommended if... you want to make the most of your stay in London and visit as many attractions as possible. With this option you will save money and time as it includes a wide variety of options.

In summary, we compare the options

Westminster Abbey Garden|©londonv8
Westminster Abbey Garden|©londonv8

Westminster Abbey Ticket Prices

Person with tickets in hand|© Igal Ness
Person with tickets in hand|© Igal Ness

Tickets to the Abbey are priced at approximately 37 euros for adults and 17 euros for children under 17 years of age. It is best to book online in advance to avoid queues at the entrance.

You can also buy a family pass that includes access for two adults and two children for about 73 euros.

Admission is free only for visitors with a disability and their carer and for UK Armed Forces personnel.

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How to buy tickets to Westminster Abbey

Man in front of the computer|© Austin Distel
Man in front of the computer|© Austin Distel

You can buy tickets for Westminster Abbey online or you can buy them on the spot at the box office. Honestly, I do not recommend the second option, as it is one of the most visited attractions in London and you may encounter long lines and waits, even running out of tickets.

The best option for this type of sightseeing is to book your tickets online in advance. This way, you will ensure access to the Abbey, as well as being able to choose day and time and better organize your London sightseeing plan.

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Westminster Abbey Opening Hours

Entrance to the Abbey|©Christian Córdova
Entrance to the Abbey|©Christian Córdova

If you are thinking of buying tickets in advance, please note that Westminster Abbey is generally open daily from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm, while on Wednesdays, for example, the opening hours are extended until 6 pm.

However, the hours to see some of its interior areas vary and the opening of doors of the Abbey may be changing as it is a church in use.

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What you should know about Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey Cloisters| ©grassrootsgroundswell
Westminster Abbey Cloisters| ©grassrootsgroundswell

As a key site for British Royalty, this is where, for example, the coronation of the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II, and the funeral of the Princess of Wales took place. In addition to its original gardens and four cloisters, in the heart of this impressive temple, its High Altar, rest the remains of kings and queens of the Middle Ages as Edward I and Eleanor of Castile, and monarchs as Mary Queen of Scots and Henry VII.

Throughout its nave of 31 meters, we find art treasures, the most important collection of monumental sculpture in the UK and the 'corner of the scientists', where illustrious names such as Issac Newton and Charles Darwin are buried. Meanwhile, its South Aisle holds one of its most celebrated areas, 'poets' corner', with the tombs of unforgettable names such as Charles Dickens or Rudyard Kipling.

The history kept in the walls of this religious building in Gothic style is really fascinating. Located in the center of political and religious power in England for over a thousand years, the district of Whitehall and Westminster, the long queues are already part of the monumental set of Westminster Abbey. Today, it is visited by more than one million tourists every year. That's why I recommend you book your tickets in advance and ensure your visit to this icon of English history.

Vicky's Traveller Tip

Westminster Abbey is a working church, so remember to dress appropriately (or bring a scarf to cover shoulders and necklines).

How to get to Westminster Abbey

The exterior of the Abbey
The exterior of the Abbey

Located in the heart of London, there are many ways to get to Westminster Abbey, the most convenient being the city's public transport.

  • Subway: The nearest subway stations to Westminster Abbey are Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines) and James's Park (District and Circle Lines).
  • Bus: There are many bus lines that lead to the door of Westminster Abbey. In the useful official Transport Of London website you can find them all. Also, all the tourist buses, which you can access thanks to a London Pass, make stops at Westminster Abbey.
  • Train: London Victoria and London Waterloo are the best options to get to Westminster Abbey by train.
  • Bike: There are several bike routes that take you to the center of London. In the same website 'Transport for London' you will find the most comfortable and safe ones.

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Some services available at Westminster Abbey

Inside Westminster Abbey| ©Herry Lawford
Inside Westminster Abbey| ©Herry Lawford
  • Admission for wheelchair users and their companions is free of charge as not all of the Abbey is accessible.
  • Tours adapted in Braille for the blind and visually impaired are available upon request.
  • The Abbey is also adapted with a hearing loop system for the hearing impaired.
  • It is possible to enter with a baby stroller and they even offer a route designed for the little ones (in English).
  • You can have a quick snack and a coffee in their 'Kiosk' or have lunch or even dinner in their 'Cellarium Café and Terrace'.

Vicky's Traveller Tip

Take the opportunity to get to know the surroundings of the Abbey: the River Thames and the London Eye.

Other points of interest in the vicinity of Westminster Abbey

London's Big Ben| ©Oleg Magni
London's Big Ben| ©Oleg Magni

The important area in which the formidable Westminster Abbey is located is full of other must-see places to explore on your visit to London. Next to it, just 160 meters away, is the Palace of Westminster, home of the Houses of Parliament and the legendary Big Ben.

From there you can board one of the cruises on the Thames, a good plan to rest after visiting the Abbey. This is the article I wrote about it: 7 Best Thames River Cruises in London.

A little further, about 450 meters away, you can rest from your long visit to these two wonders of architecture thanks to the wonderful gardens of the oldest and most beloved park in London, St James's Park, ideal to enjoy it with children.

Also take the opportunity to see the London skyline from the heights of the highest Ferris wheel in Europe, the London Eye, less than 700 meters from Westminster Abbey, or to explore centuries of the best British art in the renowned Tate Britain Museum, less than a kilometer away from the Abbey. Here is the guide I wrote about London Eye Tickets: how to buy, prices and schedules.

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