Temple Church

Temple Church in Bristol

Free Entry

The exterior is open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6HS

Before You Go

The leaning tower and walls of this large late medieval church in Bristol survived bombing during the Second World War. Temple Church is so called because the original church here was built by the Knights Templar, the medieval military order founded to protect pilgrims to the Holy Land. Their round church was later replaced with a more spacious rectangular one, and the shape of the first church is marked out in the ground.

The graveyard is now a public garden.

Read more about the history of Temple Church.

Before You Go

Access: There is no access to the interior of the Church, however you can get a good sense of the atmosphere and a view of the footprint of the original Templars Church through the wrought iron gates on either side of the Nave. The surrounding garden path is suitable for wheelchairs.

Parking: There is charged on-street parking within five minutes of the site. The Church is also an easy walk from the city centre and Temple Meads station. View details.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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Plan a Great Day Out

The adjacent church garden is a great place to bring a picnic.

Why not extend your day out with a visit to Farleigh Hungerford Castle, just 15 miles from Temple Church. Learn about the intriguing, and at times gruesome, history of the Hungerford family and explore the dark corners of the chapel crypt.


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