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The Abbey will be closed to visitors from Tuesday 25th April to Sunday 7th May in preparation for the coronation of HM King Charles III. During that period some services will take place in St Margaret’s Church.
In the meantime you can find out about the history of coronations, the monarchs and the objects and spaces used during the ceremony.
It costs over £14 million a year to maintain the Abbey, and we don’t receive any funding from the Church, the Crown, or the Government. Worship and prayer is always free, and visitor entry fees cover only our basic running costs and some essential maintenance.
You might find it strange to see an urgent appeal for funding from Westminster Abbey. We are a Royal Peculiar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the place of coronations and royal weddings.
The biggest challenge we face is maintaining such a large physical collection of material within a historic building – believe it or not, there’s just not enough space for it all.