Every year Westminster Abbey welcomes over one million visitors who want to explore this wonderful historic building. Thousands more join us for worship at our daily services.
Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history.
The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint still at its heart.
A treasure house of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and other artefacts, Westminster Abbey is also the place where some of the most significant people in the nation's history are buried or commemorated. Taken as a whole the tombs and memorials comprise the most significant single collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in the United Kingdom.
Find out about the 3,300 people buried or commemorated at Westminster Abbey, many of them among the most significant in the nation's history.
Explore the history and beauty of Westminster Abbey in this short film introduced by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall.