As part of the upcoming King’s coronation celebrations, tourists will get the chance to stand on the 13th-century mosaic floor of Westminster Abbey.
But there’s a catch – visitors will have to leave their shoes behind and explore the special floor in their socks!
The guided “barefoot” tours will allow people to walk on the historic Cosmati pavement, which is usually off-limits to the public. The pavement was first laid down in 1268 and has been the site of royal coronations for over 700 years. For this special occasion, the pavement will remain uncovered, unlike previous coronations where it was covered with carpet.
Visitors will be able to walk to the exact spot where King Charles will be crowned, and admire the intricate geometric patterns of marble, stone, glass, and metal. The tours will begin on 15 May and run until the end of July.
According to a spokesperson for Westminster Abbey, “It will be the first time in living memory that the Abbey has invited visitors to walk on the Cosmati pavement where the Coronation Chair will be placed for the crowning of HM The King on Saturday 6 May.”
So get ready to take your socks off and step back in time with this unique royal experience. Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of history!