Explore Lambeth Palace during Open House Weekend
Thursday 15th August 2013Visit the London home of Archbishops of Canterbury since the 13th Century
The Chapel at Lambeth Palace. (Picture: Lawrence OP)
Lambeth Palace will open as part of Open House London on Saturday 21st September 2013. The palace, currently the London residence of the Most Revd Justin Welby, has been home to Archbishops of Canterbury since the 13th century.
Every September, Open House London gives a unique opportunity to explore London’s extraordinary architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone – all for free.
What you'll see
You will begin and end your tour at Morton's Tower, the iconic gatehouse to Lambeth Palace. Built in the 1490s, this gateway was commissioned by Cardinal John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor to Henry VII.
Inside the palace, you will see the Archbishop's Chapel, built in the 13th Century and redesigned by Archbishop William Laud in the 1630s.
Then it's on to the Guard Room, home to the portraits of 16 former Archbishops of Canterbury. This medieval room was redeveloped by Edward Blore in 1836.
You will also see the 17th century Great Hall, now part of Lambeth Palace Library, Britain's earliest public library.
Also inside you will discover the Atrium, which forms the entrance to the Crypt Chapel where the Archbishop prays each day. The Atrium, designed by Richard Scott Architects and opened by the Prince of Wales in 2000, forms the newest part of Lambeth Palace.