Open to visitors throughout the year (except Sundays), the beautiful Westminster Abbey is another must visit attraction in London, attracting over a million visitors each year who come to this historic church building, that was once a cathedral (between 1540 – 1556) and now has the status of a Church of England “Royal Peculiar” – a church which is responsible directly to the sovereign.
Since 1066 all coronations of English and British monarchs have happened in Westminster Abbey, and it is also the resting place of 30 kings and queens, 8 Prime Ministers, and more than 3,000 great Britons including poets, scientists, musicians, noblemen and women. It has also hosted 16 royal weddings, including that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, which was watched by nearly a billion people worldwide. The Queen was also married in Westminster Abbey back in 1947. However, Charles and Diana were married at St Paul’s Cathedral instead, apparently because St Paul’s offered more seating and permitted a longer procession through the streets of London.