Beautiful, historic, breath-taking. I am not religious at all. Sure, I can appreciate a beautiful building, but I’ve been to Notre Dame in Paris, St.Patrick’s in New York, I’ve seen a cathedral or two. Westminster Abbey was on another level!
We saw the outside of the Abbey the first day we were in London- we arrived, checked in, and hit the ground running! We started with a bus tour, and got off around Parliament, then walking over to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. We took a zillion photos in front of the building, but saved visiting the inside for the following day when we had our London Pass. The London Pass is a prepaid card that allows you entry to over a hundred London attractions, and it was worth every penny! Every time we went to a London Pass sight we felt like we were getting in for free!
Unfortunately, you cannot take pictures in Westminster Abbey. We tried, we got yelled at. I so wish we could have taken photos. I took many photos of the outside, which was stunning. The detail is spectacular. Westminster Abbey is adjacent to Parliament and Big Ben. It seems much smaller from the outside.
I generally don’t enjoy an audio tour, but I would highly recommend the one for Westminster Abbey. There is so much history. I did not realize before we went there that so many historical figures are buried there. My jaw dropped when I saw that my friend and I were standing on the resting place of Charles Darwin, or looking at the tomb of Sir Issac Newton. I was nerding out big-time.
There is also a ‘Poet’s Corner’ where authors and poets are buried, such as Lewis Carrol, Lord Byron, Dylan Thomas, and Tennyson to name a few. Someone stood over Tennyson’s grave and read a poem while we were there. I was really overwhelmed with the history and magic of the abbey, and I started welling up like a baby. This happens to me at certain magical moments across the globe, I just get overwhelmed with reverence. I wish I had photos!!
If you have been a long time follower of Ferocia Fatale, you also know that I am mildly obsessed with Kate Middleton, and was one of many Americans who rose at 4AM to watch her wedding to Prince William on television two years ago. Will and Kate were married at Westminster Abbey, and it was such a moment to recognize the aisles she floated down, and stand where they were married, and where countless kings and queens have been coronated since the 1200s.
There are many little nooks and crannies you can step into inside the Abbey, including little tombs and chapels on the sides. We saw where Queen Elizabeth I was buried, which was mind-blowing, along with Mary Queen of Scots. Anyone remotely interested in British history would have a field day in here. At the end you also get to see the Coronation chair!
Westminster Abbey was my favorite attraction of the trip! Absolutely to-die-for, and a tour everyone should go on! I did not expect Westminster to be my favorite, but I loved every second. I would do it again and again!! The next stop…Big Ben, Parliament, and the London Eye!