Westminster Abbey is the seat of countless significant historical events in English history, from the Coronation of Kings and Queens throughout the centuries, to the weddings of William and Catherine, Charles and Diana, and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. In fact, seventeen royal weddings in total have taken place within the Abbey’s ancient walls.
A Westminster Abbey tour will allow you to explore corners of history you never even knew existed. Since 1099, for example, the Abbey has played host to 39 coronations.
The Abbey was first founded by Benedictine monks in 960. It was in 1560 that the Abbey was designated ‘Royal Peculiar’, cementing its position as directly responsible to, and for, the sovereign family.