Community groups

Westminster Abbey is a wonderful place for groups interested in exploring big questions. We work with young people under the age of 25.

The Abbey is a living church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the burial place of distinguished figures in the nation’s history from kings and queens to writers and musicians and politicians and scientists.

It is a wonderful place for groups interested in exploring big questions.

A teenage girl wearing a white veil reads from a sheet of paper into a microphone

Who we work with

We work with young people under the age of 25.

What will happen on your visit

Your visit to the Abbey will be bespoke to your needs and the group but will always include a tour of the Abbey’s highlights including the Coronation Chair, The Grave of the Unknown Warrior, the site of Coronations for British monarchs, the beautiful Lady Chapel and Poets’ Corner. We are likely to take a moment of quiet and reflection to light a candle together as people have done in the Abbey for centuries.

Two teenage boys light candles in front of an icon at Westminster Abbey

How to book

We welcome all booking enquiries. In the first instance send an email to [email protected].

We will ask you to complete our standard booking form which will be the beginning of our conversation to tailor your trip to the needs of your group.

Community projects

All group projects start with a tour but some groups may want to become more involved and develop responses and work related to or inspired by the Abbey. These projects will be developed on a case by case basis. If you have an idea for a project or continued partnership please contact Aaron: [email protected].

Don't Lose Your Head

Following our recent Hidden Histories project (see the videos below) we will be starting our second youth project in September and are recruiting young people aged 16-18 years now.

Young people will be responding to the life and legacy of Sir Walter Raleigh to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. A final outcome will be produced for display in St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, Raleigh's final resting place at the end of October.

You are invited to our Education Centre on 3rd August 2018 to find out more about the project, meet some of the young people who worked on our last project and enjoy some refreshments.

For more information please contact: [email protected].

Past Projects

Hidden Histories

As part of a Hidden Histories project young people were invited to explore Westminster Abbey and share their responses to our building, history and stories. These videos share their personal responses.

Volunteer at Westminster Abbey

We have a large team of volunteers in the Learning Department supporting our family and school visitors. Volunteers supervise art and craft activities, lead tours and assist with workshops. If you are interested in volunteering with us please get in touch.

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