The Tudor Kitchens are closed, re-opening on 05 May 2018. The Maze is closed 23-27 April 2018. More information
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
Cheer on the rival knights and soak up the spectacle of a Tudor joust as guests of Henry VIII.
14 July - 15 July 2018
Hampton Court Palace
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Hampton Court Palace
Follow the tragic story of Anne Boleyn through her imprisonment, trial and execution at the Tower of London.
5 May – 28 August 2018, Friday-Tuesday
Tower of London
11:00* and 14:00
Commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018 with the official commemorative fine bone china plate. Made in England using traditional fine bone china techniques, unchanged for centuries, this collector's plate has been commissioned exclusively by Buckingham Palace to mark the royal occasion.