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About

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.

Guide Prices

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Chapel Royal will be open Wednesdays to Saturdays 10:00-16:30.

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

This is a working chapel which closes for religious services on Sundays and other holy days, and is therefore subject to short-notice closures.

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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Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car:

The palace is located on the A308 and is well signposted from all the major local roads. From the M25 take either exit 10 on to the A307 or exit 12 on to the A308. From the A3 and then the A309.  

 

Car Parking

Limited parking is available. During our busy periods it is advisable to consider other means of travel.  

 

Accessible parking

There are 9 disabled parking bays available on site. Parking on site is free for Blue Badge holders.  

 

On-site

£1.60 per hour (car parking bays fit a standard car only). Pay for your parking with cash or card.

Public Transport Directions

By Train:

South West Trains run services direct from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. The journey takes only 35 minutes and the palace is a 2-minute walk across the bridge from the station. Hampton Court station is in zone 6. Oyster cards are accepted on this route.  

 

By Bus:

From Kingston - 111*, 216*, 411*, 461, 513 From Richmond - R68* *These services accept Oyster cards, LT cards, bus passes, Travelcards, Freedom Passes and Saver Tickets.  

 

By Minibus/coach:

Drop-off and collection points: - Hampton Court Green (500 metres from entrance). - Hampton Court Station Coach Park (200 metres from entrance).  

By River boat:

From Richmond or Kingston with Turk Launches (April - mid September) and from Westminster with Westminster Passenger Cruises (April - September).  

 

On-site

£1.60 per hour (car parking bays fit a standard car only). Pay for your parking with cash or card.  

 

Nearby

Hampton Court Green (500 metres from entrance) - £1.50 per hour Hampton Court Train Station (200 metres from entrance) - For information about prices, please visit the National Rail website.  

 

Accessible by Public Transport.

Chapel Royal

Type:Guided Tour

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tel: 0333 320 6000

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