Westminster Abbey

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Westminster Abbey is a large coronation church in London, it is considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture, It is also a memorial place for historical figures from British history. Westminster Abbey was founded in AD960 and is still used as an active place of worship. Every monarch of the United Kingdom has been crowned here. it is not only a place of worship but it also hosted many royal weddings and burials. Westminster Abbey is UK’s most important religious building and a popular landmark of London visited by millions of people from around the world over 1.5 million visitors explore the church each year.

Westminster Abbey
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Westminster Abbey is located in the City of Westminster, London, just west of the Palace of Westminster (The Houses of Parliament) and it is easily accessible by car, bus, train, and tube. The nearest train stations are Victoria And Waterloo, and the closest underground station is St. James Park (District and Circle lines) It is a five-minute walk away from the St. James Park Station.

Where to Store Your Bags?

Luggage Storage near Westminster Abbey
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There is no left-luggage facility at Westminster Abbey but luggage storage facilities are available at both the train stations near the church, Victoria Station & Waterloo Station. Either for worship or a visit, large & bulky items are not allowed inside the church. You can visit with normal bags and a suitcase but there is no cloakroom, You need to carry them all while visiting the place. Also, there are no alternatives such as lockers and hotels, but some of the storage services providers in London like BagsAway, Stasher, LuggageHero, and of course the Excess-Baggage Company, allow the storage of bags. Excess-Baggage offers services at airports and stations only and other companies offer luggage storage across the city.

How much does it cost to store Luggage?

In case you store your luggage and bags at stations with Excess-Baggage, You need to pay a charge of £7.5 per item for up to three hours, charges also depend on the duration, it cost around £11 for 24 hours, storing with luggage storage companies can charge you anywhere between £1-3 per hour or £7-10 per item for a day. Check the preferred luggage storage provider In London here.

More Info About Westminster Abbey

Name & Location: Westminster Abbey (Collegiate Church of Saint Peter) 20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom.
Opening Hours: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM, 9:30 PM – 6:00 PM Wednesday.
Parking: Q-Park Westminster & Victoria
Contact: 020 7222 5152, [email protected]

The ticket can be booked online at the official website of Westminster Abbey, You can contact them for booking and general inquiries only, there is no support for lost items but you can report to the department.

What to Expect?

Westminster Abbey London
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There are so many things to see inside Westminster Abbey. This world-famous building has a rich history of thousands of years. Visit the Poets’ Corner and The Lady Chapel at the eastern end of the church. You will hear the Choir singing from their stalls in The Quire in the centre of Westminster Abbey. also, there are more things to see as well, and a 30-90 minute tour is recommended if you want to see everything in depth.

Visitors are asked to dress respectfully to visit the church, Photography, filming, and public gathering is not allowed inside the hall. There are restaurants and coffee shops open outside the abbey. Westminster Abbey Shop is open between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM where you can buy historical books and items. Public toilets are accessible to visitors, and Westminster Abbey has free Wi-Fi for visitors, It displays as ‘Visitor Wi-Fi’ on your device and requires login with your details.

Best Hotels near Westminster Abbey?

hotels near Westminster Abbey
Hotel St. James Court, image by hotel

Point A Hotel: A budget hotel near Westminster Abbey, 1.0 km away from the area, has quality services at affordable prices, 4.1 average ratings on Google and TripAdvisor, and Staring at $80 per night.

The Sanctuary House Hotel: is located on Tothill street, 0.3 km away from the church. not a budget hotel, premium level of services, #6 best value in the City of Westminster, 4.7 average ratings on hotel booking websites, Starting at $220 per night.

St. James Court, A Taj Hotel: Top-rated hotel in the area, located at a short distance of 0.5 km from Westminster Abbey. A luxury 5-star luxury hotel with a VIP restaurant facility, 4.7 average ratings by Google and Agoda, and other websites, Starting at $300 per night.

Frequently Asked Questions!

Q: Can you take bags into Westminster Abbey?

Yes, You can take small size bags or suitcases into Westminster Abbey, But it is not possible to enter with large capacity luggage or backpacks, there is no storage facility inside the church, even it does not have a cloakroom to store bags or suitcases So it will be good if you can leave all your items elsewhere.

Q: Can you get into Westminster Abbey for free?

Yes, it is You can get into Westminster abbey for free If you are a worshiper, and just want to pray and worship, But if you are a tourist who wants to go inside this iconic and historical church building, You need to book a ticket in advance to enter.

Q: Is there a dress code for Westminster Abbey?

It is an active Church and place for daily worship, and visitors are requested to dress respectfully, Gentlemen should remove their hats while visiting the Church.

Q: Can you take pictures in Westminster Abbey?

Photography, Filming, and public gathering is not allowed inside the Westminster abbey, But If you want to take a photo of the building you can take it from outside.

Q: How much does it cost to tour Westminster Abbey?

It costs £18 for adults and  £7 for children, There are different charges for family tours and it starts at £18, for a multimedia Guide costs £5 per visitor.

Q: How far is Victoria from Westminster?

The distance between Victoria and Westminster is 1.25 miles and it takes 7-10 minutes for the bus or car ride, it is a 15-minute walking distance.