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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. 

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

Sunday 14 August

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

SunAug14
MonAug15
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
TueAug16
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
WedAug17
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
ThuAug18
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
FriAug19
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
SatAug20
SunAug21
MonAug22
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
TueAug23
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
WedAug24
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
ThuAug25
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
FriAug26
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
SatAug27
SunAug28
MonAug29
TueAug30
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
WedAug31
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
ThuSep01
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
FriSep02
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am5:00 pm
SatSep03
SunSep04
MonSep05
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueSep06
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedSep07
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
ThuSep08
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriSep09
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatSep10
SunSep11
MonSep12
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueSep13
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm