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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

Welcome to the Temple Church

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. 

How can so ancient a building be equipped to serve the modern age? 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. This will fortify our prayer and praise, our wonderful music and our engagement with the socio-legal challenges facing Britain and the wider world.

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

Temple Church Collage

Thursday 11 July

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

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


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 comparable gifts, contact the Master here


What’s On In Summary

SatJul13
SunJul14
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am 9:00 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am 12:15 pm
MonJul15
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
TueJul16
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 2:00 pm

Temple Music Foundation Concert: Come Ye Sons of Art Concert 7:30 pm 9:00 pm
WedJul17
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Talk: The story of the Temple Church from the Knights Templar to the present day Talk 11:15 am 12:15 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Louis Carpenter Concert 1:15 pm 1:45 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm 7:00 pm
ThuJul18
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Talk: The story of the Temple Church from the Knights Templar to the present day Talk 11:15 am 12:15 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm 1:45 pm
FriJul19
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Talk: From the Templars to The Da Vinci Code: 850 years of the Temple Church Talk 1:15 pm 2:00 pm
SatJul20
SunJul21
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am 9:00 am

Choral Communion, Baptism and Confirmation Service 11:15 am 12:30 pm
MonJul22
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
TueJul23
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
WedJul24
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Talk: The story of the Temple Church from the Knights Templar to the present day Talk 11:15 am 12:15 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Charles Andrews, Temple Church Concert 1:15 pm 1:45 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm 7:00 pm
ThuJul25
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Talk: The story of the Temple Church from the Knights Templar to the present day Talk 11:15 am 12:15 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm 1:45 pm
FriJul26
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Talk: From the Templars to The Da Vinci Code: 850 years of the Temple Church Talk 1:15 pm 2:00 pm
SatJul27
Wedding Service 4:00 pm 5:00 pm
SunJul28
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am 9:00 am

Said Communion with Hymns Service 11:15 am 12:15 pm
MonJul29
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
TueJul30
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
WedJul31
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
ThuAug01
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
FriAug02
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
SatAug03
SunAug04
MonAug05
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
TueAug06
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
WedAug07
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
ThuAug08
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm
FriAug09
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Church closed for recording 3:00 pm 4:00 pm
SatAug10
SunAug11
MonAug12
Church open for sightseeing 10:00 am 4:00 pm