Westminster Abbey is an integral part of British history, which makes it one of the top tourist attractions in London.
Every year, over one million tourists come to visit Westminster Abbey in addition to regular worshippers. The over 700-year-old-building is formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster. The present church was built in 1245 under Henry III, however, the church site was used by Benedictine monks for their daily worship long before that. Westminster Abbey has been a coronation site since 1066 and serves as the final resting place of 17 monarchs.
Located just to the West of Westminster Palace, the Abbey is a convenient tourist spot for those exploring London’s history. However, the church is not only an attraction for those interested in English history and religion. Westminster Abbey is one of the most important Gothic buildings today and is an astonishing site in itself. It also contains one of the most significant treasuries in the UK with paintings, books, sculptures and many more historic artefacts. The church even gained in popularity since the much celebrated Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
A visit to Westminster Abbey should be on everybody's to-do-list on a trip to London. There are guided tours available for groups, but make sure you book them in advance. You can find more information on a group visit to Westminster Abbey on their website.
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