Garrick's temple to Shakespeare
Garrick's temple to Shakespeare

Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare


Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare is located on the Riverside at Hampton (TW12 2EJ). The building was commissioned by the great 18th century actor-manager David Garrick in 1756 to celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare. The Temple is open to the public on Sunday afternoons (14.00-17.00) from Sunday 26th March 2023 until Sunday 29th October 2023.
Admission to the Garrick Exhibition and most events is free. The Temple is available for private events. For any enquiries, please email:
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Head Office
Garrick's Villa, Hampton, Middlesex
Public opening times
Normal opening hours: Sunday afternoons (14.00-17.00) from Sunday 26th March 2023 until Sunday 29th October 2023. Garden: Daily throughout the year, 7.30am to dusk. Special group visits can be arranged at other times.

How to find us
The Temple is in Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2EJ. It is situated opposite Garrick's Villa in the public gardens (Garrick's Lawn) between the A308 (Hampton Court Road) and the banks of the river Thames. To find the Temple on Google Maps, search for ‘Garrick Temple, London’
A308 from Kingston via Hampton Court or from M3, Junction 1. Limited parking in nearby streets.

From Waterloo and Clapham Junction: To Hampton Court terminus, then walk or R68 bus. or To Hampton on line to Shepperton (do not alight at Hampton Wick) then walk or 111 or 216 bus to “Garrick Villa”.

The following buses stop close to the Temple at bus stop “Garrick Villa”. R68 Richmond to Hampton Court. 111 Kingston to Heathrow. 216 Kingston to Staines.
Bookings and Special visits
The Temple can be booked for private events and special visits. For any enquiries please email
All private hires are at the discretion of and subject to the approval of the Garrick's Temple Trustees and Management.

For events administration please email:

If you would like to support the Temple with a charitable donation click here
Registered Charity No. 1107200

Patrons: Sir Geoffrey Cass, Michael Frayn, Sir Derek Jacobi, Robert Pennant Jones, Sir Ian McKellen, Trustees: Prunella Scales CBE, Claire Tomalin, Timothy West CBE.

Trustees: Professor John Davis, Hilary Dodman, Nathalie France, Rupert Nichol, Councillor Suzette Nicholson, Dermot Taylor, Paul Velluet, Professor Richard Wilson.
To make a charitable donation please click here to access our Givealittle donation page. Alternatively make a bank transfer payment to CAF Bank, sort code 40-52-40, account no. 00014584 or send a cheque made payable to Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare Trust to D Taylor, 30 Langham Road, Teddington, TW11 9HQ.
The line drawing of the temple in the banner is a detail from the drawing "Garrick's Temple of Shakespeare & Church at Hampton 1769" by Eric Fraser. Used here with the kind permission of Geoffrey Fraser.

Photograph 'Temple in Snow and Sunshine', Lewis Lloyd.

Photographs by kind permission of Mark Goodman and
Home page: 'View of Temple, St Mary's Church, and Garrick's Villa',‘
History page: View from the Temple steps towards the the river Thames’ and ‘Path leading to the Temple’,

Two paintings by Johan Zoffany, 'The Shakespeare Temple at Hampton House, with Mr and Mrs David Garrick' and 'The Garden at Hampton House, with Mr and Mrs David Garrick Taking Tea' , reproduced by courtesy of The Garrick Club, London,

‘Marble statue of Shakepseare by Roubiliac’, photograph reproduced by the kind permission of Calotype46.

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