Visit King's FAQs

Where can I buy tickets? Can we attend Evensong? Do you welcome group visits? Read our frequently-asked questions below.
 

When can we visit King’s College Chapel and grounds?

The Chapel will reopen to visitors once again from Tuesday 18th May.  Please see our opening times calendar for further details.

We ask you to arrive promptly for your visit to ensure our visitor arrival times are appropriately staggered.  Once in the Chapel and grounds, you are welcome to stay as long as you wish, but we do kindly ask you to maintain social distancing with others outside of your visiting party.

Last entry into the Chapel is 2.45pm.  The Chapel will close to visitors at 3.30pm, and teh grounds will close shortly after at 4pm.

 

Where can I buy tickets?

We encourage tickets to purchased online and in advance, as we can not guarantee availability on the day.  If you wish to purchase tickets in person, please visit King's College Visitor Centre on King's Parade, located opposite the main entrance of the College.  All visits are timed entry, and capacity has been limited each day to ensure social distancing can be adhered to.

 

Can we attend Evensong at King’s College Chapel?

At present there are no public services taking place in the Chapel. Under normal circumstances, there are Choral services Monday to Saturday Evensong 5.30pm and Sunday services at 10.30am and 3.30pm. You can view the latest Service booklet here.

Do we need a ticket for Evensong?

No, Evensong is a religious service and therefore free of charge to attend. A queue will form at the main gate of the College approximately 35 minutes before the start of the service.  At present, there are no public services taking place.

How long does Evensong last?

Evensong generally lasts around 45 minutes.  At present, there are no public services taking place.

I am a Cambridge local resident – can I visit for free?

No, you cannot visit for free but if you have a valid residents' card you can apply for a free ticket to visit the Chapel on days we are open. (Please note access is restricted to the Chapel via the Trinity Lane entrance.)

Unfortunately we are not renewing or accepting new resident card applications at present. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.

Are there public toilets or a café?

There are no public toilet facilities at King’s College – the nearest ones can be found in the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre. There is also no café but plenty can be found just outside on King’s Parade.

Do you welcome group visits?

We apologise, but we are not accepting groups or guided tours at present. Please check again soon for future updates.

If you would like to organise a small bespoke guided tour of the Chapel, please contact us.

Can you take photos inside?

Yes, photography is permitted but without flash. We do not allow the use of tripods or recording.

When are the grounds closed for examinations?

Generally the grounds of the College are closed to visitors between April and June during the quiet period.

Can I bring luggage in with me?

Visitors and worshippers are not permitted to bring any bag, rucksack or suitcase into King’s College (and its Chapel) which would be larger than airline hand baggage (56cm x 45cm x 25cm, including handles, wheels and pockets). As there is no cloakroom facility please do not bring larger items with you.

Can I visit just the grounds?

From May 18th, admission is for the Chapel, which also includes parts of the Grounds when open.  Tickets can not be purchased for the grounds only after May 15th.

Do you have a gift shop?

Yes, the King’s College Visitor Centre is our shop located opposite the main gate of the College.

King’s College Visitor Centre is currently open from Tuesday to Saturday10.30am until 4.30pm. 

Can I bring my dog?

No, but assistance dogs are welcome.

What provision do you make for people with special needs?

To access the temporary disabled route wheelchairs or mobility scooters must not exceed 26 inches (66cm) in width. The temporary disabled access ramp has a weight limit of 300kgs or 660lbs.

We regret that wheelchairs and mobility scooters are not able to access the exhibition. 

We understand that some people who wish to share in our services will also 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.

Please see our Accessibility Guide for more information.

Can Cambridge University graduates visit for free?

Cambridge University graduates can visit the Chapel and grounds (when open) free of charge with two guests on production of a CamCard. At present you will be required to book online in order that we can appropriately limit the number of visitors. Access will be limited to the Chapel only via the North entrance at Trinity Lane (Clare Gate).

Can I have a guided tour of King's College Chapel?

Guided tours of King's College Chapel are available on certain days - details and tickets are available here.

If you would like to arrange a small bespoke guided tour, please contact us.

What is included in the entry price?

As of May 18th when we are able to open the Chapel again, all areas of the Chapel will be available to visit. We allow free movement within the Chapel with a one-way system in place for the exhibition.  Please note that as the Chapel is a working Chapel, some areas may be unavailable on the day of your visit.

You will also be able to view the latest stage of the wildflower meadow on the back lawn, as well as the Xu Zhimo memorial stone and garden.

In order to protect our members all other areas of the College remain closed to non-resident members.

Where is the entrance to the Chapel?

The Chapel entrance is currently at our North Gate which can be accessed via Trinity Lane. 

From King's Parade the entrance can be found by following Senate House Passage around to the left. If you aren't able to find us a member of the team will be available at the front gate of the College on King's Parade to point you in the right direction.

Please note that the Chapel is currently closed to visitors.

Are any other colleges open to visitors?

For up-to-date information it is best to check their websites.

What should I do if I have purchased a ticket through a third party?

If you have purchased a ticket through VisitBritain, VisitEngland or another source please contact them for a refund as these tickets will not be accepted. 

All tickets must be purchased through our website.

Do I have to wear a face covering when visiting the Chapel?

Face coverings must be worn when visiting the Chapel. If you do not have one, they will be available free of charge at the entrance. Entry into the Chapel will not be permitted without a face covering on, unless you are medically exempt, or are under the age of 11.

Do you have the 'We’re Good To Go’ accreditation?

Yes we do, and thorough risk assessments have also been carried out to ensure the safe re-opening.

Will you be taking contact details for Test and Trace?

Contact details will be recorded during the ticket buying process, however they will only be used by us in the event we need to contact you as part of our commitment to the Test and Trace scheme.  The latest government regulation is that we now obtain contact information for all attendees, and not just the lead booker as was in place previously.  You will be asked to provide contact information for all attendees over the age of 16 at the time of purchasing your tickets.  Your contact information will only be kept for 21 days.

Useful information about what your visit includes, our admission prices, and how to get to King's by car or public transport.
King's is occasionally closed to visitors so please do check the opening times calendar before you plan to visit!
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King's College has a residents' card scheme which is available to local residents who live within a 12 mile radius of Great St Mary's Church.
Members of the public are warmly welcomed to join us for acts of worship including daily Evensong and sung Eucharist on Sundays.

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