Two Hours In London: Been There; Haven't Done Westminster Abbey?

January 28, 2019

Westminster Abbey ceiling (photo by Liudmila Kotvitckaia / Shutterstock.com)

So you're in London for work and only have a few hours free between meetings.  If you've been to London before but never had time to see Westminster Abbey, don't miss this famous landmark this time around. 

For travelers who like:  history, architecture, art

Where to go:  Take the Underground to either the Westminster stop (on the Jubilee, District, and Circle Lines) or to the St. James's Park (on the District and Circle Lines). Check the Westminster Abbey site for days and times. 

Why It's Special: Benedictine monks founded the church in 960AD. Since then its been the place for kings, queens,and heroes to be honored and buried.  It has been the setting for every coronation since 1066 including William The Conqueror, Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth I and II.

It has also been the site of 16 royal weddings and multiple funerals, including the burial ceremony for Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.  3,300 notables are buried in Westminster Abbey, from literary giants like Jane Austin, scientists like Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, to modern heroes like Martin Luther King Jr.

Don't Miss:  The Abbey also features stunning architecture, artwork, and stained glass.  Above the Abbey's Great West Door are 10 limestone statues honoring modern martyrs.  Don't forget to look up to marvel at the Abbey's stunning ceiling. 





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