Inside Westminster Abbey

A gallery and museum space are being built in Westminster Abbey, with plans to open in 2018.

The new spaces are being created in the abbey’s Medieval triforium (the arcaded storey above the nave). The area will be known as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries.

The triforium has been hidden from the public for over 700 years. It was originally built by Henry III around 1250-60, and offers what’s described as spectacular views into the church and out towards the Palace of Westminster and Parliament Square.

What can you see in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries?

The new gallery will run 70-feet above the abbey floor and display a number of collections reflecting the abbey's 1,000-year history.

According to Westminster Abbey, the project will preserve the ‘contemplative atmosphere’ of the space whilst displaying treasures like royal funeral effigies, manuscripts, silverware, stonework and vestments.

Groups will also get to see highlights such as the Liber Regalis, a 14th century illuminated manuscript setting out the order for Coronations, and the Westminster Retable, said to be England's oldest altarpiece.

Groups visiting Westminster Abbey

Private guided tours for up to 30 visitors can visit Westminster Abbey during normal opening hours and should be accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide. GTOs can book a Blue Badge Guide through Guide London, or the British Guild of Registered Tourist Guides.

Groups can also visit without a guide, but will need to buy individual tickets. Note that if you visit without a Blue Badge Guide, groups are asked to divide into smaller groups of no more than five to avoid overcrowding.

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