Inner Temple
Inner Temple
4.5
Historic SitesHistoric Walking AreasArchitectural Buildings
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The area
Neighbourhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Temple • 5 min walk
  • Chancery Lane • 7 min walk
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Chris B
109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Brought here on a walking tour and it was amazing. Plenty of historic buildings with some wonderful gardens; an oasis just seconds from the hubbub of Fleet Street. The Church of Middle Temple is somewhere you can't miss.
Written 17 March 2023
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John R
Norwich, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I spent 39 years working in this Inn of Court. As a visitor you will not gain easy access to the barristers' chambers but you might be able to wander around the gardens and, if you book the facilities for a wedding or other event, you will have access to some comfortable surroundings. Not ancient because the Hall was rebulit after wartime bombs but full of legal interest. Temple Church is in there as well.
Written 1 February 2020
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Abbotsbury92
Arlington, VA902 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
The Temple is among my favorite places in London to visit. It's a fabulous retreat from the bustle of Central London and, if you visit during the week, a fascinating insight into both history and English law. When I'm in town on business I make a point to wander through the complex at least once. It's the birthplace of English law and has a wonderful atmosphere, particularly because, as the home to the Middle and Inner Temples, it still functions as the center of two of the four historic Inns of Court in London (Lincoln's Inn and Gray's Inn, located nearby, are the other two.)

I have a barrister friend who was Called to the Bar at the Middle Temple and did her pupillage (a sort of legal apprenticeship) in the adjacent Essex Street. She introduced me to Essex Street, which is a lovely little lane on the west edge of the Middle Temple with a little covered walkway at the bottom leading to The Embankment. Essex Street is the best place, in my opinion, to enter the Temple complex. Walk through Devereux Court and then jog right to get to Fountain Court in Middle Temple, with its central fountain and Middle Temple Hall. On various visits I've been fortunate to drop by when the Middle Temple Hall is open for a look-in (with its magnificent hammerbeam roof). A short walk south past the fountain leads to a lovely view over the Middle Temple Gardens.

Walk back through Fountain Court with the Middle Temple Hall on your right and, when you reach Middle Temple Lane, jog left (uphill) and into Pump Court, which ends in The Cloisters, with the Temple Church to your left across the expansive Church Court. Pause here and turn completely around to take in the architectural splendor. Then make sure to visit Temple Church (which has its own listing and is spectacular in itself.)

Just south of Pump Court is Elm Court and a narrow walkway that leads to a view of Inner Temple Gardens. King's Bench Walk forms the eastern edge of the Temple Complex as part of the Inner Temple. Walk back to the Temple Church and out to Fleet Street via Inner Temple Lane and it's lovely Tudor Gateway at the bottom of Chancery Lane.

A true jewel of London. I never tire of visiting and wondering around the Temple.
Written 12 November 2016
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Wiltshire-feet
Cirencester, UK123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
So many of London's historic sites can be missed if you don't walk the byways and alleys. This is also true of the magnificent buildings of the Inner Courts and their gardens. One wouldn't know they were there unless led to them but they are easy enough to find, quite close to Temple Underground Station. However, a visit to them is a must for anyone wanting the full London experience.
Written 28 April 2016
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Legal_itinerant
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
This was built around an ancient temple and retains its elegant Victorian character and atmosphere. You are transported back in time when you see the occasional barrister dressed in full wig and gown carrying his bundle of briefs. You can visit the Temple church which evokes visions of the Knights Templar in their quest for the Holy Grail. A copy of the Magna Carta is on display. From here walk down Middle Temple lane and to Temple station across Middle Temple and pretend you are on the set of Downton Abbey (which was partly filmed here).
Written 28 October 2015
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Manama1717
Manama, Bahrain25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Business
Prize winning, graceful, historical, listed garden, which is open free to visitors weekdays at lunchtime. Celebrated internationally in newspaper and magazine articles, it is a lovely well kept secret.
Written 17 January 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
What a gem this is, an oasis of peace and tranquility hidden away between two of London’s busiest streets, The Embankment and Fleet Street. It really is like stepping back a couple of centuries, or even more. The gardens are lovely all the year round. A highlight is the magnificent Temple Church with its ancient Knights Templar and modern Da Vinci Code connections. But equally spectacular are both the Middle Temple and Inner Temple Halls. This space is open to the public every day, but at weekends access is only possible through the manned gate at the end of Tudor Street.
Written 16 December 2018
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permia
Ireland63,508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We strolled through, both from the Fleet Street entrance to the Embankment, and in reverse. Both routes most pleasant and tranquil.

Many law chambers are to be seen, as it is one of the Four Inns of Court. To practice as a barrister one must belong to one of these.

The Temple Church is beautiful with lovely facades and surrounds. Also outstanding is the Temple Hall rising skywards. The original was replaced with the new one opening in 1870.
Written 25 September 2018
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Mick O
London, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Just had a group tour of the Inner Temple in London. All Barristers must be a member of one of the so-called inns of Court , Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn, Middle Temple, and Inner Temple. A tool gives you a quick introduction to the history of law in the United Kingdom. The inner temple is in a beautiful area just between the famous Fleet Street and the embankment. If you don't know it's there you would never think of visiting that area. If you you will find cobble streets, beautiful gardens and it is just so quiet!
The tour will cost £12 and you get a quick tour of main building including the fabulous dining hall, finishing up in the wonderful and unique temple church just off Fleet Street.
The temple church is famous as the church of the Knights Templar and you will see within the church a brief but comprehensive view of the history of the Knights Templar and their role in the Crusades and their subsequent persecution by the Catholic Church.
We had a great guide. After the tour we all went and had lunch in the lovely Old Bank of England pub in Fleet Street
Written 19 June 2018
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Linnel_M
Western Australia, Australia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
You must find this secret garden in London. Wander round some of the most beautiful buildings in London.
Written 9 August 2017
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