Attending Chapel Services

Members of the public are warmly welcomed to join us for acts of worship. Choral services take place at 5.30pm every weekday and at 10.30am and 3.30pm on Sundays during term time. See below for more details about each service.

Services are usually about 45 minutes long. Sunday mornings and special occasions can last over an hour.

A queue often forms around 30 minutes before services begin so if you plan to attend a service in Chapel as our guest please arrive at the Main Gate on King’s Parade in good time. Members of our welcome team will assist you as you enter College, wait to gain entry and find a seat in the Chapel.

Please note:

  • Large bags may not be brought into College or Chapel.

  • Photography and recording is prohibited in services. 

  • The College offers no toilet or bathroom facilities.

  • Last entry through the main gate is 3 minutes before any service as we do not admit people to the Chapel after a service has begun.

  • We warmly invite people with special needs, or those who intend to bring people with special needs, to be in touch with us in advance, to that we can prepare for their visit.

Said services, Holy Communion unless the evening service is a Eucharist, take place on weekdays during term at 12.15pm in a side-chapel.

Dates of Services

This academic year, Chapel services will be held in the following periods:

  • 14 January - 13 March 2020 (Lent Term)

  • 9 April - 12 April 2020 (Holy Week and Easter Day)

  • 21 April - 14 June 2020 (Easter Term)

  • 24 June - 5 July 2020 (Long Vacation Term)

A Welcome from the Dean

King's College Chapel is a place of daily worship during term time as well as at Christmas and Easter. The College warmly invites and welcomes all who wish to join us as our guests for services. As a College Chapel what we do does not conform to the model of a parish church or even a cathedral. The information here is intended to help people form appropriate expectations of what they will experience and plan their visit.

A very wide range of people come to services: some are local and attend regularly, and most days there are many who are visiting us from afar, and who will only ever be here once. Some are devout Christians, some members of others faiths, some agnostic and some atheists. All are welcome. None is coerced to joining in with anything they find uncomfortable, but we do ask people to sit and stand together as far as physical constraints allow, to stay for the whole service and to respect the needs to those who are worshipping.

Our primary concern as a College is for the health and safety of those who attend services, and that we conduct services in ways that are appropriately dignified, so that people who attend can have some time out from the pressures of everyday life, and engage in the worship of God and the appreciation of the building and music in an unhurried way that brings them personal peace and refreshment. We understand that some people who wish to share in our services will have special needs, and while we will always do everything possible to help all those who present themselves for services, we warmly invite those who have special needs to be in touch with us in advance, so that we can do all we can to prepare for their visit.

The Reverend Dr Stephen Cherry Dean of Chapel

Carols from King’s is televised on BBC Two on Christmas Eve and is a different service to A Festival of Nine Lessons.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King's Chapel.
Founded in the 15th century, the Choir of King's College is renowned across the world.
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Listen to some of our recent recordings of services and performances from the Chapel of King's College, free and online.