Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

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Address:
, Parliament Square, Westminster, London 51.499214 -0.1277
Dates & Time:
Every day (except Wednesday, which is a spoken service instead)
Usually 5 PM to 6 PM (Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri), and 3 PM to 4 PM (Sat-Sun)
Tickets & Cost:
Free to attend the mass, but you will have to buy an entry ticket to see the rest of the cathedral (which you will have to do before the mass, as it closes straight after).
See westminster-abbey.org
Tel:
0207 222 5152
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You don't have to be religious to enjoy a church service at Westminster Abbey. We recommend that you attend the daily Evensong at 5 PM (3 PM on weekends), because it combines a traditional service with some beautiful music from a choral choir.

What you have to do is queue up outside the West Door about 30 mins before it starts. All of the sightseeing tourists will be kicked out of the Abbey at closing time, and then they will let you all back in again for the service. You will then be ushered up the Nave, past the 'Grave of the Unknown Soldier', and into the pews in the North and South Transept. The golden altar and Quire will be either side of you (the most beautiful part of the Abbey), and if you get a seat near the front then you will have a fantastic view of the Cosmati pavement.

The church service is very traditional (it's a real service), and will have readings, sermons and prayers. The congregation will be encouraged to sing some of the hymns, but the choral choir will sing the rest. There will also be a Holy Communion (which you do not have to take part in).

Once the service is over you will be ushered straight out the door. There is no opportunity for sightseeing afterwards.

Craig has attended this service himself, and thinks it extremely worthwhile. At the very least, it's a great way to see the inside of the Abbey for free (because they don't charge people to pray). The section you see is very small, however, so it doesn't compare with a normal tour -- he still recommends visiting Westminster Abbey during the day to get the best of it. But have a read of his review of the Evensong service on his blog, so you can see what it's like. Feel free to ask him some questions as well.

If you enjoy this service, then you might want to try the Evensong at St. Paul's Cathedral as well. (But if truth be told, Craig definitely prefers the one at Westminster Abbey -- read his review of the Evensong at St. Paul's to find out why.) You could even try the Sunday service at the Tower of London, or the Sunday service at Hampton Court Palace.

Note: Whilst there is no specific dress code inside the Abbey, you are asked to dress in a respectful manner.

 

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