Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is one of the world's great churches, with a history stretching back over a thousand years. A royal church from its first beginnings, it still has the shrine of its principal founder, the Anglo-Saxon king and saint, Edward the Confessor, at the heart of the building. Since Edward's death in 1066 his successors have come to this church to be crowned, and seventeen of them lie buried within its walls. More than a million people now visit Westminster Abbey each year, and millions more across the globe know it through the televising of events like the Royal Wedding.

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The Grave of the Unknown Warrior

A Vigil marking the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

  • 30 June — 1 July 2016 *on now

The vigil will remember those lost in the battle, which claimed over one million lives and affected the lives of millions more at home. Those who took part on all sides of the Battle will be represented by the groups of service personnel and others keeping vigil in 15-minute watches throughout the night.

All are welcome to attend. Tickets are not required.



Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard Westminster
Greater London






020 7222 5152

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