Westminster Abbey was probably #1 on my list of things to see in London. It is a place that has over 1,000 years of history within its walls. I had high expectations for our visit to Westminster, and it really just exceeded all of them. Even walking around outside was just incredible.
Being inside the church was just awe inspiring. I kept thinking about all of the history that went on here - from Elizabeth Woodville taking sanctuary here to protect her children and herself while her husband, King Edward IV, was in exile in the 1400's - to the most recent royal wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton - not to mention the location for every English coronation since 1066. My mind was officially blown just thinking about all of the historical figures who had also walked on the floors of Westminster Abbey.
We had tickets for a tour, but due to a chaotic travel day full of flight delays and hours of traffic, the Abbey was closed by the time we got there. Thankfully, they also have church services and we were able to make one of the times offered.
When visiting Westminster Abbey you can choose between buying a ticket or attending a church service. There are pros and cons to both options.
First I'll start with attending a service...
Attending A Church Service At Westminster Abbey
- My favorite part of attending a church service was the music. It was amazing to hear the choir sing and the organ play - the music just fills the entire Abbey.
- There is no charge for attending a church service which makes it a really great option to be able to see the Abbey, even if you're on a budget.
- You don't get a lot of time to wander around in the Abbey to see everything. They really want you to keep moving towards the back of the Abbey and into your seats.
- Tickets include an audio-guide which would give you all kinds of interesting facts about the Abbey.
- You can really take your time and explore the Abbey at your own pace.
- Tickets cost £22 (or £20 if you buy them ahead of time online)
- You don't get to hear the choir sing and the organ play - which is something that I will never forget.
Overall, it's tough to say which is the better option, it just depends on what you're going for. Either way, visiting Westminster Abbey is a great choice and would definitely be a Must-See in my book!
Check out my other suggestions for things to see in London!
Also check out my Ultimate U.K. RoadTrip Itinerary for more info on my epic 17 day adventure through England & Scotland!