June 4, 2010, Newsletter Issue #33: Westminster Abbey

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Westminster Abbey has been the church chosen for the coronation in London since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs. Every monarch in England since William the Conqueror, with the exception of Edward V and VIII (who were never crowned), has been crowned in Westminster Abbey.

Church services are still held in Westminster Abbey on a daily basis and are open for the public to attend. The church is also used for the celebration of large events in the life of England. The church contains over 600 monuments and wall tablets, as well as the most important collection of monumental sculptures in England.

More than a million visitors travel to Westminster Abbey each year. English speaking individuals and families are invited to go on a 90 minute Verger-led tour of the Abbey which includes the Shrine, poets’ Corner, the Royal Tombs, and the Cloisters and the Nave. The tours are limited to 25 people and cost five pounds per visitor. If you are traveling with a group of 26 or less you can also arrange a guided tour with the Abbey staff in advance. For individuals who prefer a self guided tour, audio guides of the Abbey are available in a variety of different languages and can be purchased for four pounds a piece.

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