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This is the
house of God

The gate of heaven (1162)

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London’s Jerusalem

Re-presenting the Holy Sepulchre (1162)

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Gothic glory

Built for a king’s burial (1240)

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The harmonies
of heaven

Singing to God’s glory

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At the heart
of Legal London

The Temple in our time

“This is the house of God,
the very gate of heaven” 

Welcome to the prayerful and beautiful Temple Church, steeped in the history of Christendom, this country and the whole Common Law World. 1162: the Round Church was built to be London’s Jerusalem. 1214–19: Magna Carta was negotiated in the Temple, and its greatest hero was buried in the Church. 1584, 1776, 1787: from Raleigh’s expeditions through the colonial constitutions to the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution, the Temple was the birthplace of American Law. And to this day the Church serves the legal colleges Inner and Middle Temple, London’s residents, visiting jurists and travellers from all over the world with some of the most uplifting services, music and discussions in London. Please Join us if you can, in person or online for our celebrations of Canada Day and US Independence Day. 

How can so ancient a building be equipped to serve the modern age in prayer and praise and engagement with the socio-legal challenges facing Britain and the wider world? Through Restoration & Renewal: Equipping the Temple Church for the next 100 Years, a major programme of refurbishment and repair, energised and supported by The Friends of the Temple Church.

Robin Griffith-Jones Master of the Temple
Mark Hatcher Reader of the Temple

Temple Church Collage

Monday 27 June

The Church is usually open Mon–Fri, 10.00am–4.00pm

For up-to-date sightseeing hours, see what's on in summary below


Admission for Sightseeing

£5.00 | £3.00 | Free to children, the Inns’ members, Inns and Chambers staff, and their guests.

For more information click here


All Forthcoming Choral Services


Giving to the Temple Church

By credit card, donate here

By standing order, donate here

For Restoration & Renewal, named choristerships and comparible gifts, contact the Master here

What’s On In Summary

MonJun27
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueJun28
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am1:00 pm
WedJun29
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Choral Evensong for Canada Day (I July) Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuJun30
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion 1:15 pm1:45 pm
FriJul01
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatJul02
SunJul03
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

MonJul04
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueJul05
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedJul06
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Choral Evensong 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuJul07
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriJul08
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

SatJul09
SunJul10
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonJul11
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueJul12
Church Open for sightseeing 1:00 pm4:00 pm
WedJul13
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

ThuJul14
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am2:00 pm

FriJul15
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

SatJul16
SunJul17
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Mattins Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonJul18
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueJul19
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedJul20
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

ThuJul21
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriJul22
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

SatJul23
SunJul24
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Communion, Baptism and Confirmation Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonJul25
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueJul26
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedJul27
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm