Westminster Abbey May Cost $25 to Visit, But a Royal Wedding is Priceless
Not only is the Prince William and Kate Middleton engagement for real, but they've already booked their church date, officially claiming the first few months of 2011 for royal wedding fever. The wedding will happen on April 29, and it will be inside the hallowed halls of Westminster Abbey, where Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother were married, but not Prince Charles and Lady Diana, who went for St. Paul's Cathedral.
The daa Fridaywill be a national holiday in Britain, and the royal family have been so good as to make it a four-day weekend for Britons as the following Monday is also already a holiday. That means mini-trips! Or just a long weekend inside watching TV cover the wedding preparations and ceremony.
Until the big day however, we can expect visitor numbers to Westminster Abbey to jump enormously. If you're keen to see where the next King and Queen (if Prince Charles gets out of the way) are to be married, then it's wise to get to the Abbey early in the day, before tour buses hit it. The public is invited to visit the cathedral Monday through Saturday, and worship on Sundays.
Entrance fees are a hefty 15 GBP ($24) per person, which seems a lot until you realize that you're hanging out with the graves of Chaucer, Charles Dickens, the Brontë sisters, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin and a slew of other cultural and royal figures from ages past.
Not too shabby for a church founded in 960 AD, huh?