Religious services

Religious services

The ceiling of the Chapel Royal

You are welcome to attend religious services at The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.

Sunday services  

Visitors are welcome to attend Sunday services at:

8.30 - Holy Communion
11.00 - Choral Matins
15.30 - Choral Evensong

Services are held regularly in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, including services for Christmas, Good Friday and Holy Week. Check the monthly programme of services >

Weekday services

Unless otherwise shown on the weekly service sheet on the Cloister notice board outside the chapel, the services are:

08.00 - Matins
08.30 - Holy Communion

Weekday services take place in the Lady Chapel next to the Royal Pew.  

Sunday lunchtime music recitals

Every Sunday 13.00 - 13.30. The chapel is open 12.30 - 14.00.

Sit and listen to a recital of organ music, a solo performance or an ensemble group. Or continue to visit the Chapel Royal as usual.

Christmas Services 2014

Sunday 30 November: 15.30
Readings and Music for Advent

Sunday 21 December: 16.00
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Kindly note that there are no tickets for this service. Doors will open at 3.15pm and worshippers will be seated until the chapel is full.

Wednesday 24 December: 23.00
Midnight Mass of the Nativity

Further information

Visitors are very welcome to visit The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace at other times. The Chapel is usually open to visitors from Monday to Saturday when recordings of the Chapel organ and choir can be heard. Please note: The Chapel Royal may close at short notice on weekdays (usually for half a day and usually the afternoon), for major church festivals (i.e Good Friday), weddings and funerals.

On Sundays the Chapel Royal is only open to visitors who do not wish to attend a service between 12.30 and 13.30 and after Evensong - so between 16.45 - 17.15 - between April and October.

During late July, August and early September, when there are no Choral Services, the Chapel Royal will be open all day on Sundays.

Please note that there is no photography in the Chapel Royal, Royal Pew and Holy Day Closet.

Henry VIII's Crown is on display in the Royal Pew. Please note that this means it will only be on display on Sundays between 12.30 and 15.00 and may be unavailable at short notice on other dates for additional services particularly over Holy Week and the Easter period. On Sunday afternoons from 14.00 the choir rehearsal can be heard from the Royal Pew.

Downloadable Resources

Some files are provided in PDF format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

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    Chapel Royal leaflet
    (Adobe PDF, 2.29MB)

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