Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, is a large, mainly Gothic church, in Westminster, London, located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.

Since it was built it has been the place where the coronations of Kings and Queens of England have been held.

A number of humanists’ remains are buried in the Abbey.

Scientist Charles Darwin and Prime Minister Clement Attlee‘s ashes are buried in the nave. A plaque commemorating physicist Paul Dirac was unveiled in the nave by Stephen Hawking in 1995.

Among the poets buried or memorialised in the South Transept which is known as Poets’ Corner are Thomas HardyGeorge Eliot and Shelley.

Writer Aphra Behn is buried in the Cloisters.

Visiting

The Abbey is open to the public Monday-Saturday. There is a fee for people aged 11 and above. See website for details.

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