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39 reigning monarchs have been crowned at Westminster Abbey since 1066, making us the coronation church. In order to prepare for the upcoming Coronation of His Majesty The King, the Abbey will be closed to visitors and worshippers from 25th April until 7th May.
Find out more about the church's deep coronation history and upcoming closure.
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.