Temple Church
Temple Church
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Temple • 5 min walk
  • Blackfriars • 7 min walk
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  • sheepygold
    5,335 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very worthwhile diversion
    We had a wander around Middle and Inner Temple with a focus on the wonderful gardens before coming across this church. We paid the £5 entrance fee which seemed quite a lot for a small church. The volunteer collecting the money was very informative and after chatting with him for a few minutes we took a leaflet and did a self guided tour which took around 45 minutes but we could have spent longer if we had read everything. The connection with King John, Magna Carta and the Templars is fascinating. There is some amazing architecture and stained glass and parts of the building are nearly 900 years old.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 June 2023
  • TheLeopard79
    Birmingham, United Kingdom1,318 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Like most people I visited this church which is a lair for templars and interred knights with their graves after seeing the Da Vinci code movie starring Tom Hanks. I was not disappointed and the entrance fee of £5, which of course goes to a very good cause they church itself. The day I was there was a film crew filming a documentary about the fantastic history of temple church. The history is very long and detailed and a snapshot is given on the text panels which run alongside the wall. This is of course a fully functioning church so services are taking place here on any given day. There is a ssmall merchandise shop where everything is priced very reasonably. This is also something of the home of the Magna Carta. The old winding Stone streets of London are very much also part of the history and lead you directly here. The church is something of a hidden gem but you could find it as it is directly opposite the Royal Courts of Justice on Strand.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 August 2023
  • ShaunH290
    London, United Kingdom2,671 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem just off Fleet Street!
    I worked in Fleet Street years ago but only this year managed to visit this historic place. There are apparently four round churches in the country, but this is by far the most important and significant. The website is very good on the history. But you need to visit it yourself. It is light and airy and has some wonderful effigies from the Middle Ages.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Angelo S
    Hilliard, Ohio4,838 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Example of Templar Architecture
    A very modest entrance fee of 5 Pounds did not deter a visit to this very old and holy place. A wonderful example of a Templar church built almost 950 years ago it has stood the test of time and war. The outside courtyard is a very serene place to spend some time, and gives an excellent view of the church and surrounding buildings. A round church with a square transept, it has a number of stone effigies from the 12th and 13th century. Clean lines on the inside and an undecorated ceiling help to focus on the stained glass and burial places. The statues, effigies, and history in this building are absolutely amazing and well worth the visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 January 2024
  • rosco2
    London, United Kingdom347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So worth the visit
    I live in London and visiting Temple has been on my wish list for many years. Today was the day! Google maps didn’t really help finding the church and beware…Temple tube station has no disability help, all stairs. Charming gentleman on the door welcomed us to the Temple. Stunning place, truly lovely. Lots of information & historical illustrations, everything was well labelled. Charming guy was very happy to answer questions and show relevant material from the plethora of books on sale. The climb upstairs is a challenge for those of an ageing or crumbling disposition - but the tiles are lovely. There’s a small stained glass window about 3m up the stairs. There are facilities at the left hand side of the alter. Peaceful with plenty of round chapel seating so you can soak up the tranquility. Enjoy.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 March 2024
  • Ian H
    Gravesend, United Kingdom557 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So interesting 💒
    My wife & i have always wanted to visit. The church was so interesting inside with such an interesting past. Was full of interesting & beautiful objects etc. Stained glass windows stunning. Books & gifts available and good prices. Only £5 to get in. Man at door so nice & so knowledgeable. So,so pleased we went. Well worth a visit. Surrounding areas around are so lovely & interesting.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2024
  • Peter J
    Chichester, United Kingdom455 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting church
    A very interesting church, full of history, located in the centre of London. It has a circular section built originally for the fighting monks known as the Knights Templar. Lots of information on its history from its links with Magna Carta and the universal declaration of human rights.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 April 2024
  • liucy752
    Taipei, Taiwan1,504 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil and serene
    Typical Templar church. The interior is understated elegance. On the ground of the round church, there lied some statues of Templar knights. Among them, there is "the greatest knight that ever lived" - William Marshal, who was invested into the order of the Knights Templar on his deathbed. The “Da Vinci Code” trend has faded. There are not many tourists, it is tranquil and serene. This area was originally the territory of the Knights Templar and is now the Inner Temple and Middle Temple Inns of Court. In addition to the church, there are Middle Temple Garden, Inner Temple Garden, and some beautiful small atrium gardens.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 April 2024
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,504 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Typical Templar church. The interior is understated elegance. On the ground of the round church, there lied some statues of Templar knights. Among them, there is "the greatest knight that ever lived" - William Marshal, who was invested into the order of the Knights Templar on his deathbed.

The “Da Vinci Code” trend has faded. There are not many tourists, it is tranquil and serene.

This area was originally the territory of the Knights Templar and is now the Inner Temple and Middle Temple Inns of Court. In addition to the church, there are Middle Temple Garden, Inner Temple Garden, and some beautiful small atrium gardens.
Written 18 April 2024
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Peter J
Chichester, UK455 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A very interesting church, full of history, located in the centre of London. It has a circular section built originally for the fighting monks known as the Knights Templar. Lots of information on its history from its links with Magna Carta and the universal declaration of human rights.
Written 6 April 2024
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Ian H
Gravesend, UK557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My wife & i have always wanted to visit. The church was so interesting inside with such an interesting past. Was full of interesting & beautiful objects etc. Stained glass windows stunning. Books & gifts available and good prices. Only £5 to get in. Man at door so nice & so knowledgeable. So,so pleased we went. Well worth a visit. Surrounding areas around are so lovely & interesting.
Written 3 April 2024
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rosco2
London, UK347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I live in London and visiting Temple has been on my wish list for many years. Today was the day! Google maps didn’t really help finding the church and beware…Temple tube station has no disability help, all stairs. Charming gentleman on the door welcomed us to the Temple. Stunning place, truly lovely. Lots of information & historical illustrations, everything was well labelled.

Charming guy was very happy to answer questions and show relevant material from the plethora of books on sale. The climb upstairs is a challenge for those of an ageing or crumbling disposition - but the tiles are lovely. There’s a small stained glass window about 3m up the stairs.

There are facilities at the left hand side of the alter.

Peaceful with plenty of round chapel seating so you can soak up the tranquility. Enjoy.
Written 6 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bridget P
Weybridge, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
This has been a long held ambition and I was super excited to visit. The gentleman on the door was so informative and helpful. The church is stunning, you can feel the history. It’s worth climbing to the gallery to see the floor tiles and the view. It really is spectacular and the surrounding area is also so interesting. It’s only open for sight seeing Monday to Friday.
Written 22 January 2024
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Angelo S
Hilliard, OH4,838 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A very modest entrance fee of 5 Pounds did not deter a visit to this very old and holy place. A wonderful example of a Templar church built almost 950 years ago it has stood the test of time and war.

The outside courtyard is a very serene place to spend some time, and gives an excellent view of the church and surrounding buildings.

A round church with a square transept, it has a number of stone effigies from the 12th and 13th century. Clean lines on the inside and an undecorated ceiling help to focus on the stained glass and burial places.

The statues, effigies, and history in this building are absolutely amazing and well worth the visit.
Written 12 January 2024
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia5,659 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Have always been a fan of the Templar story so it was a delight to actually visit this Temple which I believe was their headquarters in England.
So much to see there and so much history to read.
Apparently the Temple was badly bombed during the war and has been beautifully rebuilt,
Can be a little hard to find in a very busy and interesting area.
The entrance to the Temple grounds is small and on street level of a lovely old black and white Tudor building .
A must place to visit if interested in Templar history
Written 10 October 2023
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ShaunH290
London, UK2,671 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
I worked in Fleet Street years ago but only this year managed to visit this historic place. There are apparently four round churches in the country, but this is by far the most important and significant. The website is very good on the history. But you need to visit it yourself. It is light and airy and has some wonderful effigies from the Middle Ages.
Written 1 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TheLeopard79
Birmingham, UK1,318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Like most people I visited this church which is a lair for templars and interred knights with their graves after seeing the Da Vinci code movie starring Tom Hanks.
I was not disappointed and the entrance fee of £5, which of course goes to a very good cause they church itself.
The day I was there was a film crew filming a documentary about the fantastic history of temple church. The history is very long and detailed and a snapshot is given on the text panels which run alongside the wall. This is of course a fully functioning church so services are taking place here on any given day. There is a ssmall merchandise shop where everything is priced very reasonably. This is also something of the home of the Magna Carta.
The old winding Stone streets of London are very much also part of the history and lead you directly here. The church is something of a hidden gem but you could find it as it is directly opposite the Royal Courts of Justice on Strand.
Written 26 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lyn W
Monifieth, UK153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Historical gem with an amazing history in a beautiful part of London.If you can,try and time your visit with the talk at 1.15pm on a Friday given by the “Reverend and Valiant Master of the Temple” (aka the vicar!) who is an amazing and entertaining speaker.Would also recommend a visit to The Temple Gardens-beautiful oasis in the centre of the legal district.
Written 8 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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