The Chapel



There are two Chaplains covering the Anglican and Roman Catholic traditions, and a part-time administrator. The Chaplaincy also oversees the Christian services in the College Chapel, working in close co-operation with the Director of Choral Music. The Chaplaincy aims to be of assistance to all College students and staff of any religious persuasion by offering pastoral support and by running a programme of other events which explores faith issues.

The Chaplains are here to help you whatever your religious beliefs.  If you would like to speak to somebody from your own faith we will also do our best to put you in touch with your nearest religious community and find out what help they can offer you.  We have included some details about how to find local places of worship on the faith support page; further details are available from our office.

Chapel Wardens

Each year up to six students take on the role of Chapel Wardens.  They become an integral part of the Chaplaincy team, helping to lead the worshiping community here.

Chapel Services in term-time

Summer Term 2017: 24th April - 9th June.

Morning Prayer

8:45am Weekdays (with Choir Monday-Thursday).

Lunchtime Holy Communion

12:30pm Thursday.

Choral Evensong

6:15pm Thursdays, sung by the Chapel Choir.

Lunchtime Catholic Mass

12:30pm Friday.

Sunday Evening Services

6pm An Ecumenical Service of Evening Worship.

7:30pm Catholic Mass.


Completed in 1886, the College is housed in one of the most spectacular university buildings in the world. The founder, Thomas Holloway, insisted that the building should resemble a French chateau and be larger than any in France. The architect William Henry Crossland modeled the Founder’s Building on Chambord and included in the design was both a large chapel and picture gallery. The beautiful gilded chapel includes sculptures by Ceccardo Fucigna and a fine 3-manual organ. The Chapel is non-denominational and there are a variety of services and events held including Choral Evensong from the 1662 prayerbook, Compline and Catholic masses, with music usually playing a central role. Royal Holloway is also the only university that still maintains a tradition of sung morning services.

Dreaming of a wedding in the Chapel?

The Chaplaincy and Governing Body of Royal Holloway, University of London are delighted to inform current students, staff, alumni, and children of current long-standing staff of Royal Holloway of the opportunity to get married in the beautiful Chapel, located in the Founder’s Building.

In getting married in the Chapel you are saying that you wish God to be involved in your married life together. The Chapel can be used for Church of England, Roman Catholic and Non-Conformist (like Methodist or URC) weddings.

For current staff and students the Anglican and Roman Catholic College Chaplains may be available to officiate if requested.  Couples from other backgrounds and traditions would need to bring their own officiating minister.  Alumni should in any case provide their own minister.  Please contact the Weddings Coordinator for further clarification.

We are delighted to receive enquiries from those who are considering a Christian wedding in our beautiful chapel and we will endeavour to place your special day into the ongoing life of college and our chapel community.


Weddings dates are released four times per year with the available dates being twelve - fourteen months in advance. This ensures that the Chaplaincy office have a full schedule of College events and projects, and reflects the fact that we are a University Chaplaincy rather than a parish or commercial venue. The Chapel is a historic building and as such may occasionally be in need of maintenance and repairs at short notice, and College demands can be unpredictable.   

The hire of the Chapel for a wedding should not interfere with normal College life, and as such there are certain times when this service is not normally offered, e.g. weekdays, during graduation, open days or examinations. Our commitment is to offer up to twelve Saturdays per year, to provide a maximum of twenty weddings per year with ceremonies at 12pm and 4pm.

Please be aware that it can take up to three months to complete the legal preliminaries, and that the Weddings Coordinator is not available outside term-time.

We have the following dates available for weddings in 2017 & 2018:
Saturday 7th October 2017 at 12pm and 4pm
Saturday 11th November 2017 at 4pm
Saturday 27th January 2018 at 4pm
Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 4pm
Saturday 10th March 2018 at 12pm and 4pm
Saturday 21st April 2018 at 12pm and 4pm
Saturday 12th May 2018 at 12pm and 4pm
Saturday 23rd June 2018 at 12pm
Saturday 21st July 2018 at 4pm

There will be two further release dates for weddings in 2018:
Monday 22 May 2017 for weddings from August to September 2018
Monday 2 October 2017 for weddings from October to November 2018
(due to high demand for the Chapel we are unable to offer any weddings during the month of December)

Release dates are subject to change, therefore please ensure that you check this webpage for any updates.

The dates we are able to offer are limited by College events and staff availability so those displayed here are the only ones we are able to book.  If you are looking further in advance we recommend that you have several options for preferred dates as these will be taken into account in our planning, but it does not mean that we will be able to offer them.


What next?

Please contact the Weddings Coordinator to check your eligibility to be married in the chapel and the availability for particular dates either by emailing or by telephone on 01784 443950.  The Weddings Coordinator is available Mon - Wed, 9.30am - 2.30pm and Thurs, 9.30am - 1.30pm, term-time only.  For term dates please click on the link:
If you are a current student or member of staff, please feel free to contact the Chaplains.
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Contact Us: 

Coordinating Chaplain
Revd Cate Irvine
Office: Founder's West 169
Tel: 01784 443070
Roman Catholic Chaplain
Father John Dickson
Office: Founder's West 169
Tel: 01784 414358 

Mobile:07709 938568

Weddings, Chaplaincy & Faith Support Coordinator 
Mrs Susan Eastburn
(Mon-Wed, 9:30am-2:30pm, & Fri, 9.30am-1.30pm, term-time only) 
Office: Founder's West 169
Tel: 01784 443950


Muslim Chaplain

Mr Nabil Hawa

Office: Founder's West 169

Tel: 01784 443950


Interfaith & Religious Diversity Intern

Mr Sean Dunnahoe

Please contact to arrange an appointment
Office: Founder's West 169