Hi there! 😉 My name is Giano, I am an intern at Language Link London and I want to tell you about my visit to Westminster Abbey.
Arrival and first impression at Westminster Abbey
I arrived to the Abbey and was immediately impressed by the size of it and the extensive decoration on the walls on the outside alone. The inside was even more impressive. It’s easy to underestimate how big the abbey actually is when seeing images of it on google, the pictures really don’t do it justice.
Its rich history
The abbey has a lot of history to it. It’s filled with the tombs of old english royalty and honored and respected figures in the history of the UK, as well as impressively sculpted memorials. This is due to the great importance of the abbey which was rebuilt in 1245 by King Henry III in its current state on the foundations of the previous church.
It is namely tradition that when someone is due to take up the mantle of king or queen in the UK, their coronation happens in the abbey, and it has been this way for a very long time. It is the site for many other ceremonies of national significance as well, such as the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Attending the daily services
If you get lucky you might also catch one of the daily services taking place during your visit to the abbey, you cannot however attend them as part of the tourist attraction as they are two separate things.
All in all, I’d say the abbey is definitely a place to check out if you ever find yourself visiting London, it’s definitely worth the entrance fee!
There is a discount if you buy a ticket in advance for Wednesday evening, reducing the fee from £18 to £11! 😉