Abbey was founded in 1065 by Edward the Confessor. It functions
as neither a cathedral nor a parish church, but is controlled by the royal
crown which has used it as the site for the Royal Coronation since
1066 (except those of Edward V and Edward VIII).
politicians, poets and artists have been buried beneath the flagstone
such as Charles Darwin, David Livingstone and Neville Chamberlain.
Burial at Westminster Abbey is one of the rarest and greatest honours
in Britain. The funeral of the late, Diana, Princess of Wales took
place at the High Altar in September 1997.
interior of the church is stuffed with monuments, such as Poet's
Corner which commemorates the greats of the "dead poet's society"
like Shakespeare, Dickens and T.S. Elliot.
Opened Mon.-Fri. 0930-1545,
Sat. 0930-1345, closed Sun., except for worship.
Admission is £5 for adults,
£3 for students and £2 for children. Guided tours every day (£3/
£10 family); call ahead for times (prices subject to change, phone for
up to date prices).
Phone 020 7222 5152