Westminster Abbey Chapter House and Pyx Chamber
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Chapter House is a lovely example of Gothic style, with a high, vaulted ceiling supported on a slender central pillar. The chamber is ornam,ented with wonderful medieval sculpture and extremely well-preserved wall paintings. The floor is largely original, built of brightly coloured glazed tiles. Outside the Chapter House are the abbey cloisters, a lovely open space where the monks of Westminster would take their exercise.
A much earlier chamber than the Chapter House is the Pyx Chamber, which dates to the 11th century. This chamber was used as a treasury for both the monastery and for the British crown. Though many of the fittings were removed during the Reformation, a 13th century stone altar remains, as do the medieval tiles on the floor.
Note: We've given the Chapter House and Pyx Chamber a separate attraction entry as they can be accessed separately from Westminster Abbey. Unlike the abbey, they are administered by English Heritage, and a separate entry fee is payable for non-English Heritage members.
Also note that the Chapter House may be closed at short notice for State and Religious occasions.
About Westminster Abbey Chapter House and Pyx Chamber
Address: Dean's Yard, London, Greater London, England, SW1P 3PA
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Westminster and St James’ Park underground stations are both just over 1/4 mile from Westminster Abbey.
Website: Westminster Abbey Chapter House and Pyx Chamber
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
Photo Credit: Paul Farmer, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Nearest station: Westminster - 0.2 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
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