As you might have seen on Monday (September 19), the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II was held at Westminster Abbey. In fact, it was the first funeral held at the historic site since 1760 for King George II, and the funeral saw 2,000 guests gather to pay their respects at a service that is thought to have been viewed on TV by around 28 million across the UK.
So, as you might imagine, the demand to visit the famous Abbey has shot up (not that it wasn’t high in the first place). Yesterday (September 20), Westminster Abbey was closed, which makes today (September 21) the first day you can visit following the Queen’s funeral.
And, to allow the public to pay their respects, Westminster Abbey are offering free entry over the next two days. Between 9:30am – 3:30pm, visitors can enter for free – on a normal day it would set you back £25. Parts of the Abbey will still remain closed, but those visiting will be able to see the location of the State Funeral.
A statement on their website reads: “Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Westminster Abbey is closed for tours and paid visits until Friday 23rd September 2022. If you have a ticket for entry on or after this date it will be valid, so please visit us as previously arranged.
“We will be open on Wednesday 21st September and Thursday 22nd September, 9.30am – 3.30pm, for those who would like to visit the location of the State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. There is no charge and no booking is required. You will not be able to fully tour the Abbey and some areas will be closed.”