By late Elizabethan times the four Inns were described as the third university of England. The Inns, as well as training those who would make the law their career, educated the sons of the nobility and country gentry, in addition to those others who would require some knowledge of the law in their lives. The Inns retained close contacts with the Court and with government and its administration.
Although the formal study for the Bar has now passed to outside institutions, the involvement of the Inns in education is as important as ever. At student level, the Inn offers training to augment the professional training courses. After Call, it provides training in advocacy and professional ethics to newly called barristers in pupillage and under the New Practitioners’ Programme. A programme of lectures is part of the Continuing Professional Development for practitioners at all levels.
Welcome to the Temple Church, the church of Inner and Middle Temple.
We are here to serve the two Inns’ members and staff, and all those who work in this oasis of calm known as The Temple. We are glad to welcome visitors as well, from all over the world, to this beautiful and historic place at the very centre of London. Whether you want to discover one of the city’s loveliest areas, find some peace and quiet, or pray for your own loved ones here and at home, you are welcome.
My colleagues and I look forward to seeing you.
Services and Opening Times
Routine Weekly Services (all regular services use the Book of Common Prayer)
Prospective members or law students please click here for more information on educational tours.
Guided tours are available around the historic and awe-inspiring buildings of Middle Temple. You will feel as though you are going back in time as you walk down cobbled lanes flanked with gas street lamps towards one of the finest Elizabethan Halls in the country.
Historical information on the Inn as a Local Authority
Below is a Google map of our location.
By Rail/Tube: We are within easy walking distance of Temple underground station (Circle and District lines. See the walking directions below) and Blackfriars Mainline Rail (First Capital Connect). See also the FAQ for related details.
By Bus: Buses 4,15,23, 26, 76 and 341. Alight at the stop closest to the Royal Courts of Justice in Strand.