In addition to hosting some 16 royal weddings – the last of which was Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton – Westminster Abbey is traditionally used for crowning British monarchs, beginning with William the Conqueror in 1066. The Abbey has its origins in the seventh-century, although the present church was begun by Henry III in 1245, and is one of England’s greatest Gothic buildings. It is the final resting place of Plantagenet kings, poets, and scientists like Darwin and Newton. Audio guides are available in eight languages, but the verger-led tours are less hectic, and include Edward the Confessor’s Shrine, the Royal Tombs, Poets’ Corner, the Cloisters and Nave. The magnificent octagonal Chapter House, used by monks for prayers, is another unmissable sight.
Tel: 020 7222 5152
Entry Charges: Admission: Child £8, Adult £15-£18; verger tours £3.