The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul is a Neoclassical masterpiece and was built by Thomas Ripley to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren and was the last major part of the Royal Hospital for Seamen to be constructed. Following a disastrous fire in 1779, it was redecorated by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart in the Greek revival style, and today is a wonderful example of a complete neoclassical interior.

A beautiful place to visit, the Chapel is still an active place of worship with regular services and is staffed by our talented Visitor Experience Team during opening hours. Visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the Chapel’s interesting history and interior design, including the expertly crafted plasterwork and mouldings, black and white marble flooring, 17th century altarpiece and organ. The Chapel is also included in the 500 Years of History Tour.

Chapel Highlights   Chapel Staff


Opening Hours

Opening daily: 10am – 5pm

The Chapel is often used for concerts, services, weddings and recitals and can sometimes be subject to early closures. Please make sure you check out our Early Closures page prior to your visit for more information

Events

Love Your Lunchtime with Trinity Laban (returns September 2019)

1pm, every Tuesday and Friday, free to visit

Take a moment in the middle of the day to enjoy some of the finest music in The Chapel with chamber concerts by students of our onsite partner Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

For the upcoming performances, visit >> www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/whats-on

Admission FREE, no ticket required

Concert lasts approx. 45 mins 

Special Events and Concerts

With a spectacular setting, the Chapel is a popular venue for concerts and regularly holds events throughout the year with excellent acoustics guaranteeing a memorable experience. Click on the link below to find out what’s on. If no events show but you wish to stay informed for future events, sign up to our mailing list at ornc.org/subscribe and we’ll keep you updated. 

Chapel Services

Click here to download the Chapel Michaelmas Term Card

Anyone is welcome to attend any of our Chapel services. Regular services are held throughout the week: see below for details, or view a list of all the Chapel services for the term by downloading our Chapel programme using the link above.

For more information contact the Chaplain Revd Pat Mann by email at [email protected] or the Chapel Office on 020 8269 4788.

Choral Eucharist

Sundays, 11.00

The Eucharist (which means thanksgiving) is a way of describing the service of Holy Communion or Mass where the bread and the wine are blessed and shared. The service includes readings from the Bible, the singing of hymns, prayers and a talk or sermon from the priest. In choral services, parts are sung by the choir. The form of service is from the Book of Common Prayer from 1662. The Choral Eucharist usually lasts about an hour and twenty minutes.

Download the Service Sheet for Sunday 22 September 2019

Choral Evensong (returns 9 September 2019)

5:30pm, every Monday

The Chapel hosts a weekly Evensong with evening prayer with music, bible readings and a hymn. Open to all, the service is sung by the talented Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban choir and the service has a restful and peaceful quality. The service is about 40 minutes long. 

Holy Communion

Wednesdays, 13.05

Our service of Holy Communion on Wednesday lunchtimes is a quiet said service using Common Worship which is standard for all Church of England services. We listen to bible readings, say the service together, pray and share bread and wine or a blessing. The service is about 30 minutes long.

Choral Matins

See the chapel programme for dates and times.

Like Evensong, Choral Matins is morning prayer with music.  There are prayers, bible readings, hymns and a sermon. Many parts of the service are sung by the choir and the service lasts for about an hour and fifteen minutes.

Both Matins and Evensong follow the service as laid down in the Book of Common Prayer from 1662.

Summer Closure Notice: During the Summer break (1 July to 7 September), there will be no Choral Evensong or Trinity Laban Concerts. These will fully recommence when the Chapel Choir returns at the beginning of the Autumn Term, from Sunday, 8 September.