On 08-26 January 2018 there will be various disruptions to the Tudor Route due to essential maintenance. More info
A captivating chapel in continuous use for over 450 years.
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. Queen Anne refurbished the interior of the chapel in the early 1700s.
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.
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. She was executed at the Tower of London soon afterwards.
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.You are welcome to attend a religious service here
Join the party at the Georgian Court, put on your crown, get dressed up and discover the stories as you explore the beautiful palace rooms.
11-16 February 2018
Have fun at the palace by becoming a Time Explorer! Join our Great Palace Quest to see what you can discover about Queen Katherine Parr, Prince Edward and Lady Elizabeth.
10-18 February 2018
Hampton Court Palace