Bristol Temple Church is currently closed to the public while we carry out emergency conservation works.
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 Light Festival
From the 2nd to the 11th February Temple Church will be participating in the Bristol Light Festival. The light festival showcases the city at its brightest, bringing fun and colour to the city centre. More information on the festival can be found by visiting Homepage - Bristol Light Festival . Please note that during these dates the Church will be open evenings only between 5pm and 10pm.
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.