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April 1, 2007
From journal London...several excerpts from my real travel journal
Metro Manila, Philippines
March 17, 2007
From journal Five Days in London
June 29, 2006
Walking through the Abbey is an interesting experience. Despite its function as a church with daily services, it is also a place where the lines of monarchs and other distinguished people are buried.
After entering through the North Entrance doors, you wind your way through the Abbey. In addition to the tombs and shrines, there is also a small museum that contains royal and funeral effigies, medieval glass. Nearby is the coronation chair that has been used for coronations since the time of King Edward I in 1296.
Continuing around the Abbey are other chambers and rooms that are interesting to spend time in. Also, within the grounds are the College Gardens that have been under continuous cultivation for the past 900 years.
Overall, Westminster Abbey is an historical icon. From the gothic architecture to the long line of nobles buried within its walls. I would certainly recommend seeing this place while visiting London.
You can get to the Abbey by Underground on the District or Circle Line to St. James Park or on the Jubilee & Circle Line to Westminster. The Abbey is also not open to tourists on Sundays since that is reserved only for worshipping services. And finally, the Abbey closes by mid afternoon on most days, so plan your trip to it accordingly.
From journal London--The Heart of the Empire
January 24, 2006
From journal Three Days in London
Cary, North Carolina
August 3, 2005
The tour guide had a portable speaker system that amplified her voice just enough to be heard in the back of the crowd. There is no need to reserve a spot for the tour; simply choose a tour and show up. And the London Pass even gives you a discount on the price.
For just over 2 hours, we walked around Westminster. We saw churches and some of the houses that were used as bomb shelters during the air raids of WWII. We walked over the Thames in order to see parliament from far away and heard how Big Ben is actually the bell inside the tower, not the clock, as many believe.
We also walked next to parliament and heard about the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and a little about how the House of Lords is currently changing its structure.
The tour was very informative, although more political than some of the others we went on in London. If you’re not up to walking a great distance, this tour is definitely not for you. But if you don’t mind the walking, then grab a cup of hot chocolate and put on your tennis shoes.
From journal The Celtic Adventure
Grand Junction, Colorado
July 25, 2005
From journal 3 days in London
July 15, 2005
From journal Tea Time in London
by Sarah the Expat
London, United Kingdom
May 16, 2005
From journal An American Expat In London
Madison Heights, Michigan
April 12, 2005
I was utterly amazed at the caskets/tombs and the details. Many of them, constructed in marble, have life size replicas of their king, queen, bishop, or duke laying on top of the tomb itself.
This site is so rich in royalty and heritage.
There are also many writers, poets, philosophers, and musicians buried here. It feels like you have stepped back in time.
From journal Quick Easter Holiday in London England
February 10, 2005
All kings and queens are buried in this abbey. As you walk along, you see the different names of royalty and realize you have stepped back in time. The decor is amazing and so ornate that it takes several minutes to stare up and round to soak it all in.
From journal London, Rich in History