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.

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.

 

Can we attend Evensong at King’s College Chapel?

We are delighted to welcome back guests to join us at a service here at King's College.  As we are limiting the number of guests per service, all visitors muct book a free place.  To book, please click here.  We regret that we are unable to admit anybody who has not secured a ticket.

Do we need a ticket for Evensong?

At present, we are operating a booking and ticketed system as numbers remain capped inside the Chapel. Evensong is a religious service and therefore free of charge to attend. To secure your place, please book here.

How long does Evensong last?

Evensong generally lasts around 45 minutes.  We kindly ask that you factor this in to your visit, as there is no opportune time to leave during the service.

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.

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?

Group visits will be welcome to visit again from July 19th.  For more information, please click here

Can you take photos inside?

Yes, photography is permitted but without flash. We do not allow the use of tripods or recording.  If you wish to photograph for commercial purposes, you must have prior permission from the College.

Please note that photography is strictly prohibited during services.

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.  You are able to browse and shop the full catalogue online here.

 

Can I bring my dog?

No, but assistance dogs are welcome.

What provision do you make for people with special needs?

We have wheelchair access into the Chapel, and up into the East End.  We regret however 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.  You are limited to 1 free visit with up to 2 guests per day.

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

All visits are self guided.  If you would like to organise a guided tour, these can be organised through official Cambridge City Blue Badge Guides.  For more information, please see the Visit Cambridge website here.

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 via the main entrance of the College on King's Parade.

 

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?

From July 19th, face coverings will be optional when visiting the Chapel.  There may be occasions when it may be difficult to maintain social distancing, and in these instances we recommend that you wear a face covering.

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.

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!
chapel_2
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.

News

9ea8a45a9132064e34516209e8d6b039

King's CRA leads response to Cabinet Office call for evidence

Matthijs Maas has led a submission of Evidence to the UK Cabinet Office, providing input on the UK’s proposed National Resilience Strategy.

t_cell

New research from King's Fellow sheds light on killer T cells

Gillian Griffiths and her team have discovered how T cells are able to replenish their ability to destroy cancer cells.

chapel

Side Chapel Glazing Repairs – Public Notices

Public notice of proposed remedial work to the side Chapel glazing.