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Discover over ten centuries of British history in a building in the heart of London where worship takes place every day.Visit the Abbey
Benedictine monks founded Westminster Abbey in 960AD. To this day, we retain a tradition of Christian worship and welcome.
The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The church we see today was begun by Henry III in 1245. It’s one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, and has the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint at its heart.Explore the Abbey's history
The Institute works with the public service institutions around Parliament Square to promote moral and spiritual values in public life. Its twice-yearly programmes of lectures and meetings are open to the public.About the Institute
Our library and muniment room houses our extensive and historic collections of books, manuscripts, archival material, photographs and more. If you want to use these for research, you’re welcome to make an appointment.Find out more
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.