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A QUICK GUIDE TO WESTMINSTER ABBEY, LONDON

For nearly a thousand years it has been the place where Monarchs have been crowned and the burial place of past Kings and Queens.

It is such a beautiful building

Every time I have been to London, I say that this is the time I will brave the crowds and long queues to make it inside the Abbey finally. But I would always arrive in the middle of the afternoon when it was far too overcrowded to be able to enjoy it, meaning that so far the crowds have bested me. The history lover in me really does need to see the interior, as from what I have seen on TV, it looks absolutely stunning.

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But I will say that looking at it from the outside; you can still appreciate its beauty! The style of the building is similar to Notre Dame in Paris, with its light-coloured stone and ornate sculptures that adorn the exterior. I love the stonework above the entrance. It is decorated with three-dimensional ornaments of priests with rows of courtiers underneath.

I love the stonework above the entrance.

I would love to see the Coronation Chair which is on display here. For nearly one thousand years, all monarchs since William the Conqueror have been crowned at the Abbey using the very same chair. Though be prepared to be underwhelmed. Despite its importance, it is a somewhat worn and straightforward looking piece of furniture. Maybe when it was first constructed, it was adorned in more finery, but today it just looks very… plain! 

You can see inside the Abbey at no cost if you attend a free concert or service and the cloisters and the 900-year old college gardens are free to the general public. But, do yourself a favour and just pay to go in! Forget the crowds. I always used this as an excuse, and I regret this now. I will be going inside the next time I’m in London.

20 Deans Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA | www.westminster-abbey.org

Thanks for reading about my experience of Westminster Abbey in the heart of London. It’s frustrating to look back at old photos knowing I was so close, yet still ever ventured inside. I promise no more excuses next time!

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