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Top 10 things to see

There is plenty to see in the Abbey, but definitely some things that you shouldn't miss during your visit. Here is a snapshot of the highlights...

1. West Window: Completed in 1894, the window tells stories from the first five books of the Bible. The panels in the bottom left show God’s Creation of Eve and Noah’s Ark. We invite you to sit and enjoy the peace and beauty of this place in the heart of a busy city.

2. Tomb of James Montagu: He asked to be buried here to encourage others to support the church. If you look at the stained glass window behind the tomb, and on the floor, other benefactors are remembered. We value all who support the Abbey through gifts of time, legacies and donations.

3. The organ: The present organ was rebuilt between 1996 and 1997 by Klais of Bonn. It has 4,000 pipes ranging from 1cm to 10m tall.

4. Footprint: The Footprint Project will repair the Abbey’s unique floor and provide new opportunies for people to learn, volunteer, and engage with the Abbey. On the hoardings screening the building work, you’ll see artwork by community groups and schools. We invite you to find out more and be inspired by this once-in-a-lifetime project during your visit.

5. Fan Vaulted Ceiling: At the East end of the Abbey you can see the original ceiling created in the 1500s by the king’s master masons, the stone vaults form a beautiful fan shape to draw us up to God. Our Tower Tours take you above the ceiling. The Nave ceiling is a Victorian copy, can you spot any differences?

6. Great East Window: Completed in 1873 and repaired a er WWII, it tells the story of Jesus in 56 scenes.

7. Memorials: On the Abbey’s walls are 617 memorials and its floor is made up of 891 flat grave stones called ledgerstones. No other floor in the UK has as many such stones. The ledgerstones commemorate a broad cross-section of society from 1625-1845 and will be conserved as part of our Footprint Project.

8. Waller Memorial: William Waller’s monument to his first wife Jane (d. 1633) is the largest in the Abbey (4.5m tall and 3m wide). William Waller was the leading Parliamentarian commander in southern England during the first three years of the English Civil War (1642–1651). After the Battle of Lansdown (5 July 1643) Waller's troops found shelter in the Abbey. We hope you will find shelter and sancturay here too. 

9. The Font: This Victorian Font is where Christians are baptised. On the font you can see angels pouring water from jugs. They remind us of the water used in the service of baptism. This symbolises Christ washing away our wrong doings and the beginning of a new life with God.

10. The West Front: Represents the dream of Bishop Oliver King that led him to replace the ruined Norman Cathedral with the present Abbey in 1499. Towards the top of the window is carved a dove, representing God’s Holy Spirit.