University of Cambridge King’s College

University of Cambridge King’s College

About University of Cambridge King’s College

King’s College was founded in 1441 by Henry VI (1421-71) and is one of the 31 colleges in the University of Cambridge. King’s has an outstanding academic record and is also world-famous for its Chapel and choir. The Christmas Eve service from King’s (A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols) is broadcast to millions around the world. See College history for more about the College’s past, and the news page to find out what’s happening now.

Visit King’s

You are welcome to visit the College grounds and Chapel and to attend choral services in the Chapel. You are asked, however, to respect the College as a place of study. Before visiting, you might want to check our events calendar to see what’s happening. You may also find the College map useful.

Admission and opening times


  • Tickets cost £9.00 or £6.00 (children and students). Your ticket price includes a visit to the Chapel where you will see an exhibition of the history of the College, the world’s largest fan vaulted ceiling and the Adoration of the Magi by Rubens. You will also have access to the College grounds (when open). Please note all other buildings are private.
  • Group rate (10 or more people Mon – Fri only): £8.00 or £5.50 (children and students). This is for a self-guided tour. For group bookings contact the Visitors Office: (+44) (0)1223 331212; Guided tours are only available by booking directly with Visit Cambridge “>
  • Admission is free for children under 12 when they are visiting with their family, or for school groups whose school is in Cambridgeshire and under the LEA or holds Academy status and receives no private funding.
  • Please buy tickets at The King’s College Visitor Centre, opposite the front of the College (see map below).
  • July and August: please be advised that these are the busiest months of the year, and there may be queues to buy tickets at the weekends.
  • Occasionally it may be necessary to close part of the Chapel to the public.  In such circumstances the admission charge may be reduced.
  • For Access statement please click here.