Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day.
The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint still at its heart.
A treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artefacts, Westminster Abbey is also the place where some of the most significant people in the nation’s history are buried or commemorated. Taken as a whole the tombs and memorials comprise the most significant single collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Everyone is welcome to all regular services. There is no charge to attend services and you do not need to reserve a seat in advance, although it is advisable to arrive early for some services. A collection is taken at Sunday services with the proceeds going to nominated organisations and charities.
Many people come to Westminster Abbey every year seeking God’s forgiveness, healing and wholeness, as part of their journey as followers of Jesus Christ. The Sacraments of Reconciliation (confession) and the Anointing of the Sick (with laying-on of hands) are offered at Westminster Abbey for any who wish to receive them. Please enter the Abbey via the Great West Door and inform the Marshal at the gate that you are here for this purpose. The Marshal will direct you to a priest.
People with restricted mobility, hearing and sight can still enjoy services and are always welcome to come to the Abbey to worship. Abbey Marshals (in red gowns) and honorary stewards (at Sunday services) are always pleased to help you with any assistance you may require.