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Westminster Abbey
Name:
Westminster Abbey
Address:
Parliament Square
Phone:
020 7654 4900
Fax:
020 7654 4894
Travel:
Westminster tube
Opening:
Closed on 24th and 25th December. On Sundays the abbey is open for worship only.
Website: westminster-abbey.org
 

Introduction to Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey is a living church as well as an architectural masterpiece of the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries. Founded as a Benedictine monastery over a thousand years ago, the Church as rebuilt by Edward the Confessor in 1065 and again by Henry III in the thirteenth century in the Gothic style we see today.

Known as the House of Kings, the Abbey is the final resting place for monarchs including Edward I (called ‘Longshanks’), Henry III, Henry V and Henry VII who built a magnificent Lady Chapel here. The shared vault containing Elizabeth I and her half sister Mary I (‘Bloody Mary’), and The Tomb of Mary Queen of Scots are echoes of the blood stained and turbulent Tudors.

Visitors to the Abbey enter through the North transept, commonly known as Statesman Aisle (It derives it name from the fact that amongst others former statesman such as Gladstone and Pitt the Elder are buried there.)

Poets corner contains monuments to  Shakespeare and Dickens. Musicians Aisle features memorials to Elgar, Vaughan and Henry Purcell amongst others. Buried in the nave are Charles Darwin, David Livingstone and Clement Attlee.

The most poignant memorial has to be the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, here is buried an unknown solider from the First World War, unknown by name and rank who lies next to England's most famous.
 

Hotels near Westminster Abbey

  Regent Palace Hotel 
Glasshouse Street (off Regent Street), Piccadilly Circus, Soho, City of Westminster, W1B 5DN.
Rooms from: £39.00
(
Distance: .99 km)

   Tudor Inn 
78 Warwick Way, Victoria, City of Westminster, SW1V 1QR
Rooms from: £42.00
(
Distance: 1.27 km)

   Stanley House Hotel 
19-21 Belgrave Rd, Victoria, City of Westminster, SW1V 1RB
Rooms from: £40.00
(Distance: 1.18 km)

   Enrico 
77-79 Warwick Way, Victoria, City of Westminster, SW1V 1QP
Rooms from: £39.00
(
Distance: 1.30 km)

  Jubilee Hotel 
31 Eccleston Square, Victoria, Victoria, City of Westminster, SW1V 1NZ
Rooms from: £50.00
(
Distance: 1.41 km)

  Comfort Inn Victoria 
18-24 Belgrave Road, Victoria, Victoria, City of Westminster, SW1V 1QF
Rooms from: £85.00
Distance: 1.20 km

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