Explore the Magnificence of Westminster Abbey
Nestled in the heart of London, the iconic Westminster Abbey stands as a testament to the rich history, captivating architecture, and significant cultural heritage of the United Kingdom.
With its soaring spires, intricate details, and storied past, the abbey offers visitors a unique opportunity to step back in time and immerse themselves in the pages of British history.
What’s it all about?
Westminster Abbey, formally known as the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster, is a living tapestry of over a thousand years of history. It serves as a crucial location for royal ceremonies, state occasions, and traditional celebrations. This majestic structure, with its grandeur and architectural significance, showcases the evolution of the United Kingdom from medieval times to the modern era.
Originally founded in the 10th century by King Edgar the Peaceful, the abbey has witnessed numerous pivotal events, including royal weddings, coronations, and burials. Its significance is deeply intertwined with the monarchy and the Church of England. The abbey has hosted every British coronation since 1066, including the crowning of monarchs like Queen Elizabeth II. Additionally, it has been the setting for various state funerals and notable commemorations.
What can I expect to see?
Gothic Architecture at its Finest: Westminster Abbey is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, adorned with intricate stone carvings, soaring arches, and stunning stained glass windows. The abbey’s façade is a testament to the intricate craftsmanship and artistic prowess of medieval artisans.
Poets’ Corner: A literary pilgrimage for enthusiasts, Poets’ Corner is the final resting place of numerous literary giants, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, and Rudyard Kipling. The area also commemorates notable playwrights, scientists, and musicians.
Royal Tombs: The abbey is home to the tombs and monuments of numerous British monarchs, including Elizabeth I, Mary I, and Henry VII. The Royal Tombs exhibit is a vivid portrayal of the intertwined histories of the monarchy and the nation.
The Coronation Chair: The Coronation Chair, dating back to the late 13th century, is where British monarchs have been crowned for centuries. It’s a symbol of the continuity of the monarchy and the history it embodies.
The Nave: The vast and awe-inspiring Nave is a hallmark of the abbey’s architecture. With its rib-vaulted ceiling and majestic ambiance, it sets the tone for the overall grandeur of the building.
The Lady Chapel: Renowned for its exquisite fan vaulting and intricate design, the Lady Chapel is a serene oasis within the abbey. It’s a remarkable example of late medieval English architecture.
The Chapter House: The Chapter House is known for its octagonal shape and stunning central pillar. It was historically used for meetings and is celebrated for its architectural innovation.
Where is Westminster Abbey located?
We’ve included a Google Maps route to help guide you there.
How do I get there from the Berrys drop off point?
Getting to Westminster Abbey from our Hammersmith drop-off is easy and will take approximately 24 minutes by Underground. At Hammersmith, hop on the District Line bound for Upminster. After nine stops, exit the Underground at Westminster and the Abbey will be directly ahead of you.