Visiting during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This page details when and how you can currently visit the Abbey as well as information about when we will be opening up the Abbey further following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
You can also find about what Coronavirus guidelines and measures we have in place to keep all staff, visitors and worshipers as safe as possible.
How to visit us now
The Abbey remains open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily services. We are also open for individual prayer from 10:30am - 12:30pm, Monday to Saturday. However, for the time being we are unable to open the Abbey and St Margaret's Church for general visiting.
The services we are currently running are:
- Morning Prayer
- Holy Communion
- Sung Eucharist
Due to social distancing measures, we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
You can find out what services are currently scheduled by visiting the services and times page.
You can visit the Abbey again on selected days from Friday 21st May. The dates and times you can visit us are:
Friday 21st May: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Saturday 22nd May: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Friday 28th May: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday 29th May: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Monday 31st May: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Friday 4th June: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday 5th June: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Monday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th: 09:30am - 3.30pm
Tuesday 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th: 09:30am - 3.30pm
Friday 11th, 18th, 25th: 09:30am - 3.30pm
Saturday 12th, 19th, 26th: 09:00am - 3:00pm
Areas that are closed
While we have social distancing in place, the following areas are closed to visitors:
- All the ambulatory side chapels
- Elizabeth I and Mary Tudor tombs
- Mary Queen of Scots tomb
- The Galleries (opening in July)
How to visit us in the future
Worship and prayer
We are open for individual prayer from 10:30am - 12:30pm, Monday to Saturday.
We are also open for regular services, such as Morning Prayer, Sung Eucharist and Holy Communion. Find out about our current services, when they take place and if you need to book a ticket.
We will be open on selected days. See the 'How to visit us now' section above regarding opening times and how to book tickets.
Worship and prayer
We hope to reintroduce a full schedule of worship and prayer, and we hope to make more use of our choristers and Lay Vicars in choral services.
There will be more visit times available across the four days we are open (Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), subject to demand. See the 'How to visit us now' section above regarding opening times and how to book tickets.
Shop, kiosk and restaurant
The shop and kiosk will open in line with Abbey opening times.
The Cellarium Restaurant will also reopen, if possible.
Following the planned lifting of formal social distancing rule, we will review any relevant guidelines and determine our own policy to ensure worshipper, visitor and staff safety.
This could mean that we can reopen the side chapels, welcome larger groups and accommodate significantly more people at services.
We would look to return to welcoming visitors six days a week, including after-hour late visits in the summer. Dates for July and later in the year will be announce din due course.
Shop, kiosk and restaurant
The Shop and Restaurant will be open in line with visitor and worshipper opening times
Visiting and worshipping safely
When you're in the Abbey, please follow the instructions of our staff and take note of the signs. For your safety, there is a one-way route through the Abbey.
We ask that you watch our video before you visit us.
When you’re in the Abbey
- Please ensure that you keep two metres apart from others at all times. We have socially distanced chairing available if you wish to sit down.
- Keep your hands clean. A hand cleansing station is available as you enter and exit.
- If you feel more comfortable doing so, wear a mask if you can.
- If you need assistance during your visit, please speak to our staff who will be happy to help you.
- When you're visiting the Abbey Shop, please note that from Friday 24th July it will be mandatory to wear a face covering. Please remember to bring your own mask and wear it whilst shopping.
Things you need to know
- Anyone is welcome to the Abbey but please don’t visit us if you have the symptoms of COVID-19.
- Follow the guidance on the NHS website if you think you may be unwell.
- In line with the Government's COVID-19 Test and Trace programme, contact details for all visitors and service attendees will be taken and held on file for a period of 21 days. Attendee details will only be used, if necessary, in conjunction with the Test and Trace programme and Westminster Abbey will not process this data for any other purpose.
Attending a service
At this time, we are asking our congregations to adhere to social distancing measures in the church. We are also limiting the number of people who can attend our services. To avoid disappointment, please arrive well before the advertised start time. Please note that you will need to book tickets for some of our Sunday services.Worship with us
|Thursday, 22nd February 2024
|Services on this day are yet to be published. Please check back later, or see our Regular Services page.
EVERYONE'S WELCOME AT THESE SERVICES, FREE OF CHARGE.