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Your support helps us continue our restoration and conservation work, our education and music programmes, and the Abbey’s rich tradition of worship and prayer.Donate now
It costs over £10 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.
How can a church like this be in need?
The pandemic has hit us like no other crisis. Pre-Covid, we were blessed with 1.3 million visitors per year, but in 2020/2021 we welcomed only 57,000 people. It costs over £14 million each year to run the Abbey, so this loss of visitors has had a huge impact. The Abbey receives no funding from the Church, Crown or State, which means we are almost completely reliant on visitor income. 85% of our visitors come from overseas so, until international travel picks up in 2022 at the earliest, the Abbey will continue to run at an unsustainable loss. Can you help?Help protect the Abbey's heritage
The biggest challenge we face is actually time – getting all our work done alongside the daily routine of the Abbey as a working church, visitor attraction and home to 1,000 years of history.