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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is one of the two most well-known churches in London together with St Paul's Cathedral. The church has over a thousand years of history including coronations from 1066.

Westminster Abbey is located right next to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The church has been part and is a place where one can learn about many important events during 1000 years of English history. One of the most notable historical items is the Coronation Chair, which is over 700 years old and has been used in many coronations.

Several monarchs have been buried in Westminster Abbey along with other notable persons. Prominent scientists such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking have been buried there.

Another fascinating area is the Poet's Corner, where over a hundred poets and writers have been either buried or have a memorial, including writers such as Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling and Alfred Tennyson. Memorials have been created for William Shakespeare, the Brontë sisters and Jane Austen.

Virtual tours

There is also a virtual tour of Westminster Abbey available showing the abbey from inside and out. To mention a few places, the Coronation Chair, the Lady Chapel and Poets’ Corner are featured.

Getting there

Westminster Abbey is located right next to the Houses of Parliament, and the closest tube station is Westminster (Circle, District, Jubilee) about two minutes away. St James's Park station is another options about five minutes from the abbey.

Thames Clipper stops at the Westminster Pier and is also a convenient way to get to Westminster Abbey.

Nearby

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are conveniently located next to the same square. London Eye is on the other side of the Thames, and it takes about ten minutes to cross the bridge to get there.