Westminster Abbey

The great burial and coronation church. Here lie interred or commemorated 3,700 people, that we know about. From King Edward I (the self-styled Hammer of the Scots), to Charles Dickens the novelist, to Charles Darwin the naturalist, the man who made the most haunting scientific discovery of all – his Theory of Evolution showing how nature is entirely indifferent to mankind. Nor should we ignore Restoration playwright Aphra Benn, the first woman to earn a living with her pen – her epitaph simply states, 'Here lies proof that Wit can never be, defence enough against Mortality.' Hear the stories, see the tombs, and glory in the colours of 'England’s Attic'.

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