Visiting Hours

Day Visitors

Visiting Hours

Updated: December 7, 2021

Our response to COVID-19

To help protect the health and safety of all who live, work, and visit the Abbey during the COVID-19 pandemic, and after carefully monitoring the news, listening to the recommendations of health authorities and following the directives of the Vancouver Archdiocese, Westminster Abbey has implemented the following measures:

GATE CLOSED @ 6:30 p.m.
  • At this time, all buildings are closed to the public except for the abbey church and the guesthouse (Please see “Abbey Church” below.)
  • THERE IS ACCESS TO PUBLIC WASHROOMS in the guesthouse lobby.
  • We are asking visitors to postpone coming to the abbey church or enjoying the grounds if they are ill or know they have had contact with someone who is ill with the coronavirus.
  • Masks are required in public indoor settings for all people 5 years and older.
  • The guesthouse is open.

Abbey Church

The Abbey Church* is open to visitors during the following hours:

Monday – Saturday

5:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sundays & Solemn Feastdays

5:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

* With respect for and in view of the sanctity of the location, during the visit to the Church visitors are kindly requested to observe absolute silence. Taking photographs is prohibited during liturgical services.

Prayer Times

Abbey Gardens and Paths

The Abbey’s gardens and paths are open to visitors during the following hours (please stay on paths and respect boundary signs):

Monday – Saturday

1:30 – 4:30 pm*

Sundays & Solemn Feastdays

2:00 – 4:00 pm*

* Conversation with visitors and guests is the duty of the guestmaster and porter. During these visiting hours, please direct all your inquiries to the porter in the guesthouse lobby. Outside of these hours, contact the guestmaster by email at the Abbey address (put “attn. Guestmaster” in the subject line)

See our contact page for phone and postal address.

Visitor Guidelines

The Porter of the Monastery

“At the gate of the Monastery let there be placed a wise old man, who knows how to give and receive an answer, and whose ripeness of years suffers him not to wander. He ought to have his cell near the gate, so that they who come may always find some one at hand to give them an answer. As soon as any one shall knock, or a poor man call to him, let him answer, “Thanks be to God,” or bid God bless him, and then with all mildness and the fear of God let him give reply without delay, in the fervour of charity.”

 – Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 66

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