The Parish Church of the Chapel Royal

Photo:The Chapel Royal, North Street

The Chapel Royal, North Street

Solitude in the heart of the city

An historic place of worship in the heart of the city

The tower of the Chapel Royal is a distinctive landmark on North Street, just a short walk from the Royal Pavilion. The Church was opened by the Prince Regent (later George IV) in 1795, and subsequently altered by the eminent Victorian architect Arthur Blomfield. One of Brighton's oldest religious buildings, it is the Parish Church for most of the North Laine area, as well as the 'Lanes' part of the City Centre, the Steine, North Street, the Cultural Quarter, and the Albion Hill estate.

Who we are

We are a very diverse group of people attempting to live with faith and respect. We welcome people from all backgrounds, single people, families, and couples of all relationships. We welcome and respect each individual, encouraging all to contribute to the life of the whole community.

In our relationships with each other, we try to build upon our own diverse spiritual journeys, and to enrich our worship with simplicity, dignity and informality. We include people from all religious backgrounds, as well as those unsure and seeking meaning.


Our main weekly act of worship is our Sunday Eucharist at 10.15am. We also have a Vigil Eucharist on Saturdays at 5.30pm, and half hour services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00am and on Thursdays at 1.10pm. The Church is also open most days from 9am and provides a beautiful and tranquil space for prayer, meditation, or simply to find some peace from the bustle of the city.

The life of the Church

The Church is used by a variety of community groups for their meetings and activities, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, the Alzheimer Society, and Brighton & Hove Bereavement Support.

The Coffee Shop

The hall at the rear of the Church hosts a coffee shop every Saturday from 10am until 3pm, serving tea, coffee, sandwiches, and home-made cakes and biscuits.

Tuesday lunchtime concerts

The Church hosts a regular programme of concerts on Tuesday lunchtimes (1.10-1.55pm). A committed group of musicians provides a programme of live recitals, mainly from the western classical repertoire but with occasional jazz and modern classical performances. For full details, see

More information and contact details

For more information about the history and current work of the Chapel Royal please go to the Church website at The Parish Office is located in the Church and is open Monday to Thursdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm. The main telephone number is (01273) 328767, and our address is: The Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton BN1 1EA.

The Church has a loop hearing system and, although a Georgian building, the contemporary layout of the Chapel Royal is well adapted for people with physical disabilities. It is light and inward facing, which helps visually or hearing impaired people, and has a wheelchair accessible toilet. Please note we have a portable ramp for wheelchair access through the main door.

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