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.
Bristol Temple Church Music Event
Saturday 23rd September
Join us for an atmospheric intimate acoustic performance by Dead Space Chamber Music. This will be the first event in the site following the extensive conservation works.
Dead Space Chamber Music are an experimental early music group of Cello, guitar, drums and voice from Bristol. They reinterpret historical material, taking forms and melodies from the medieval and Renaissance periods in particular, and shape shifting them into new contemporary works.
Tickets available below with 50% of the proceeds going to English Heritage,
Before You Go
Access: The church is open 10am - 4pm daily. The surrounding garden path is suitable for wheelchairs. Temple Church will be closed to the public on the following days, 23rd,26th, 27th, 28th, 31st August and 2nd,3rd and 4th September 2023
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.
Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.
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.
DONT MISS - Heritage Open Doors Event
Our Conservation in Action pop up will be on site on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September 10am-4pm each day.
Our expert team will be hosting outdoor hands-on activities that will help visitors understand how English Heritgae cares for its collection, while offering engaging and enjoyable activities.