Westminster Abbey is regarded as a Gothic architectural masterpiece. It has been the venue for most of the country's coronati... More
Westminster Abbey is regarded as a Gothic architectural masterpiece. It has been the venue for most of the country's coronations and for numerous other royal occasions. At present, it is still a church dedicated to regular worship and to the celebration of great events in the nation. Westminster Abbey features the final resting places or commemorations of a large number of famous poets, scientists, musicians, artists, authors and more. It is one of London's most visited attractions. On Sundays it is open only for worship.
I was fortunate enough to visit the Abbey on a Saturday afternoon to experience the "evensong" mass. Its a chance to sit in this glorious architectual masterpiece and soak in the heavenly music of the service.
The atmosphere raises your awareness to the higher planes, and visiting the museums and the tombs of the monarchs and great poets and artists can be very moving. The shop sells not only souvenirs (some of which are admittedly tacky) but books about the Abbey and those buried there. Definitely a moving and fun experience.
i have seen many beautiful things and, in my opinion, nothing compares to westminster abbey. not even notre dame cathedral. it was breathtaking and, also, all the famous people buried there. it was excellent
Westminster Abbey just REEKS of history. If you are a history buff, then you know you cannot miss the Abbey. And at £6 for adults, it is one of the biggest bargains in London besides the free British Museum. I can't remember if it cost extra (it probably did), but we went on a guided tour of the Abbey. Our guide was excellent (as were about all the guides we had in our England trip), and made the tour very enjoyable. You will see the tombs of many a king and queen of England, and many of their relatives. The throne on which many of the monarchs have sat for their coronations is also here, though there are some graffiti from some 18th-century miscreants on it. There is also Poets' Corner, which has many of the people who made high school English a horror, with Shakespeare a notable exception (he's buried in Stratford), though there is a monument to him. The British Tomb of the Unknowns is here as well. Westminster Abbey should definitely be on your shortest of short lists of things to do in London.