Westminster Abbey is one of Britain’s most iconic, well-known and important buildings and is one of the greatest repositories of English history.
What is less well known is that Westminster Abbey receives no regular funding from the Crown, the Church of England or the government.
Neither a cathedral nor a parish church, Westminster Abbey was established as a ‘Royal Peculiar’ in 1560 by Queen Elizabeth I. The Abbey is outside the jurisdiction and responsibility of the Church of England and the Government. In short, this means we must seek our own financial support.
At present, the major source of income for the Abbey is tourism and the over 1,000,000 visitors we welcome through our doors each year. In good times this produces money enough to meet everyday running expenses and a limited programme of work on the actual fabric of the Abbey, but we must seek more substantial funds from outside to carry out major restoration work and our visionary plans. This includes key conservation projects, the development of innovative education and music programmes, and major upcoming plans to improve and enhance the experience of visitors and pilgrims to the Abbey.
Westminster Abbey is a special place and your support truly makes a difference. A gift no the matter what size is most warmly welcomed.
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