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Visit Lambeth Palace

Holding an event at Lambeth Palace


The Guard RoomLambeth Palace is not usually available for hire as an event venue. Access is permitted, however, for charities and organisations of which the Archbishop of Canterbury is currently a patron.

If you are interested in hosting an event at Lambeth Palace, please see the most current information at the main Archbishop of Canterbury website.


Open Days at Lambeth Palace


Open Days at Lambeth Palace are held during the summer.  For the most current information, please go to the main Archbishop of Canterbury website


Guided Tours

Lambeth Palace, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, can be visited by guided tour.  For the most current information, please go to the main Archbishop of Canterbury website.  


Exhibitions at Lambeth Palace Library

  • Royal Devotion  - Monarchy and the Book of Common Prayer

Library Exhibition1st May - 14th July 2012

A celebration of the religious life of the monarchy in an exhibition marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and the 350th anniversary of the revised Book of Common Prayer. The exhibition charted the relationship between Crown and Church and its embodiment in the history of the Book of Common Prayer, one of the most important books in the English language.  

Visitor Comments:

S Parker from Loughton “I so enjoyed the human touch to be found in these manuscripts. A beautifully presented exhibition”
Caroline from East Grinstead “Thank you for this powerful and moving exhibition”
Susie from Chiswick “A mind-blowingly wonderful exhibition. Very uplifting”
Andrew from Twyford “ … History, politics, religion and faith all in one”


  • Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Version

25th May - 29th July 2011

This exhibition sets in historical context the translation of the sacred texts of the Bible into the languages of everyday life. At the centre of the exhibition is the 1611 edition of the King James Version, set in the context of the scholarship which created it.

Visitor Comments:

Frank from Surrey  “A wonderful display tracing the history of the book which has contributed so much to English language, literature and culture”.
Richard from Dallas USA “A privilege to see this work - very well explained”.
Carrie from Malaysia  “Impressive collection and excellent interpretation”.
Kerry from Surrey  “Another excellent exhibition provided by Lambeth Palace Library”.
Lorraine from Canada  “Breathtaking! A touching exhibition”.


  • Treasures of Lambeth Palace Library - 400th Anniversary Exhibition 1610–2010

17th May – 23rd July 2010

Lambeth Palace Library is one of the earliest public libraries in England, founded in 1610 under the will of Archbishop Richard Bancroft. In celebration of its 400th anniversary in 2010, the Library is opening a fascinating exhibition to the public in the Great Hall of Lambeth Palace.

Visitor Comments:

Susan from St. Louis USA  “Truly a treasure”.
George from Nottingham  “A first class exhibition. Thank you”.
Mr and Mrs Brooks from Devon  “Wonderful thought provoking history. Beautiful.”
Malcolm from London  “A privilege to see such remarkable manuscripts”.
Elizabeth from Kent  “A wonderful, eye-opening exhibition”.