Chapel Royal

A captivating chapel in continuous use for over 450 years.

A captivating chapel in continuous use for over 450 years.

When

  • Open daily

Ticketing information

The Chapel Royal will be closed until midday on 29 November 2018.

Entry to the Chapel Royal is included in your palace admission ticket (members go free).

Please note, this is a working chapel which closes for religious services on Sundays and other holy days.

You are welcome to attend a religious service here. You do not require a palace admission ticket to attend a religious service.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The history of The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court

Outstandingly rich, colourful and layered with history, the chapel's vaulted ceiling was installed by Henry VIII in the 1530s and is the grand culmination of Tudor opulence at Hampton Court.

In 1710, Queen Anne commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to remodel the interior of the chapel.

The royal family would never sit in the main body of the church. Kings and queens always used a private pew on first-floor level which looks down upon the main body of the chapel.

Today, a single central room, like a box at an opera, is reserved for the monarch.

Catherine Howard and the accusations of adultery

It was here in the chapel, in 1540, that Archbishop Cranmer handed Henry VIII a letter outlining various accusations against the King’s new wife, Catherine Howard.

Catherine was accused of unchaste behaviour before her marriage. Henry VIII had been besotted with his young wife, which is why he turned against her all the more viciously.

Catherine was executed at the Tower of London soon afterwards.

Henry VIII's Crown

An accurate replica of the crown worn by Henry VIII is on display in the Royal Pew of the Chapel Royal, where Henry himself would have sat wearing it.

View Henry's Crown
A view of King Henry VIII's re-created Crown of State
A high-level view of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, looking down over the dark brown choir stalls and chequered floor, along the stone Tudor windows and blue painted vaulted ceiling.

Her Majesty provides this beautiful place of worship and its establishment of a chaplain, a full-time choir and a verger, for all who may wish to attend its services or visit it.

Father Anthony Howe, Chaplain and Deputy Priest in Ordinary

A gold and purple recreation of Henry VIII's crown on a grey background
Things to see

Marvel at the sparkling re-creation of Henry VIII's Crown, on display in the Tudor apartments at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Haunted Gallery at Hampton Court, looking west.
Things to see

Walk Henry VIII’s route from his private apartments to the Chapel and see the infamous Haunted Gallery in the State Apartments.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Georgian architect stands in Clock Court at Hampton Court Palace, looking up at the Tudor building
Families Tours and talks

Shh! You're invited on a special mission… meet characters from history and explore the palace with the Time Explorers app.

Daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration features the iconic White Tower with a silhouetted Tower raven perching at the top of the Tower.

White Tower luxury embroidered hanging decoration

This sparkling silver luxury White Tower hanging decoration is hand embroidered using the same metal thread work techniques used to sew royal dresses and finery in centuries past.

£10.99

Knight medieval goblet features intricate knight detailing and a highly detailed chain design entwined around the cup

Knight medieval goblet

Knight's medieval goblet features intricate knight detailing and a highly detailed chain design entwined around the cup.

£19.99

Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration. Handmade using traditional techniques this luxury hanging decoration features Henry VIII in his arms and armour

Henry VIII knight in shining armour hanging decoration

Take home your very own knight in shining armour with this Henry VIII hanging decoration.

£12.99