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Chapel Royal

A captivating chapel in continuous use for over 450 years

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.

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.

When

Open Wednesday - Saturday

10:00 - 16:00

Ticketing information

This is a working chapel which closes for religious services on Sundays and other holy days, and is therefore subject to short-notice closures. Please check the palace opening hours calendar for the day of your visit.

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)

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A view of King Henry VIII's re-created Crown of State

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.

Please note that while the Royal Pew normally opens Wednesday to Saturday, it may close on short notice due to Chapel services.

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Religious services at the Chapel Royal

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

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More information

Learn more about worship, music and the architecture of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace on the Chapel's website.

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EXPLORE WHAT'S ON

  • Things to see

Henry's Crown

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

  • Wednesday to Saturday, in line with palace opening hours.
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Haunted Gallery and Processional Route

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

  • Open
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Wolsey Closet

Explore this hidden Tudor space that is thought to be the only surviving room of Cardinal Wolsey's apartments.

  • Open
  • In line with palace opening hours
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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BROWSE MORE HISTORY AND STORIES

Katherine of Aragon

Henry VIII's first wife. She was 23, he was 17

Henry VIII

Who was the real Henry VIII?

Chocolate fit for a king

Where royal chocolate makers prepared this expensive delicacy

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