Westminster Abbey is more than just a breathtaking place of worship; it is also a living pageant of London and the United Kingdom’s history. Over a million visitors walk through the ornate doors each year to explore the 11th-century building built by Saint Edward the Confessor. Its glorious original character has largely been maintained through two major additions and renovations, and it remains one of the most stunning, moving and popular attraction in London.
Its design is an intriguing mix of styles, influenced by the Late Perpendicular and French Gothic aesthetics, but it is also renowned as one of the world’s most outstanding representations of the Early English Gothic style.
The Westminster Abbey Interior
Westminster Abbey Tomb
Over 3,000 people are laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, including some of history’s most influential and beloved characters. Visitors can pay their respects to scientist Sir Isaac Newton, solider and politician Oliver Cromwell, poets Alfred Tennyson and Geoffrey Chaucer, composer George Frederic Handel, novelist Charles Dickens and many other memorable people.
Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey interior
The United Kingdom’s profound literary legacy is celebrated at the Poets’ Corner, where authors like John Keats, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling and others are commemorated.
Henry VII’s Lady Chapel ceiling, Westminster Abbey
Rose window of Westminster Abbey
Other notable sights within Westminster Abbey include the Coronation Chair that sat nearly every monarch since the 14th century, the largest rose window in the world, the High Altar, the century-old College Garden and the cloister.
Westminster Abbey architecture
The Abbey remains an important part of British life, and free concerts and lectures are hosted there every Wednesday during the summer.
Westminster Abbey, London