The chapel is at the centre of Trinity College.
It was built at the end of the seventeenth century on the site of Trinity’s first chapel, the former Durham College chapel, which was consecrated over 600 years ago. It continues to be a place of worship and a space at the heart of the college where people come to pray, to sit quietly, listen to or play music, and enjoy its beauty.
In April 2015 the chapel closed for a year-long programme of renovation, involving extensive conservation of the fabric, notably the Grinling Gibbons’ carvings, the plasterwork and the paintings. For more information visit the Chapel Renovation page. The chapel reopened with a service of rededication on 23 April 2016.
The main Sunday service in term time is Choral Evensong. The service starts at 6pm and all are welcome.
Evensong is sung by the Chapel choir. The choir is mainly made up of Trinity students and is directed by the Organ Scholars. More information about the choir can be found on the choir website.
Sermons at Evensong are given by a range of guest preachers and aim to be both accessible and thought-provoking. Please see the Term Card for details of this term’s services and preachers.
Compline is sung to plainchant fortnightly and there are also other sung services in term time, ranging from lunchtime Communion services to late night Taize service (these will take place in College, details on the term card).
Termly concerts take place in the chapel and the grand piano is available for students to play when the chapel is open.
The Founder’s Tomb
Trinity’s is the only chapel in Oxford to contain the tomb of the college founder: Sir Thomas Pope is buried with his wife Elizabeth and their monument is to the left of the altar. They and all Trinity’s benefactors are remembered week by week in our prayers.