From a tea-room temple to a chapel
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A surprise is in store if you head to the western side of the Parterre. The unassuming domed building on the right houses a wonderfully ornate chapel, also known as the Octagon Temple.
From 3 April to 26 October 2014 the chapel is open to visitors on Thursday and Sunday afternoons, 3 - 5.30pm. Unlike the house tours, there's no need to pick up a timed ticket. Simply pop in and our friendly, knowledgeable stewards will be on hand to chat and share the history of the building.
Dating from 1735 and originally a tea-room, the chapel was converted into the final resting place for the Astors by William Waldorf Astor in 1893. Gaze at the vibrant glass mosaics covering the walls, the elaborately inlaid marble floor and brilliant stained glass windows.
Visiting the chapel means you'll also be rewarded with breathtaking views of the river 200ft below. If you're feeling energetic, why not follow the 172 steps down to the riverside and enjoy a peaceful stroll along the Thames? Alternatively, book in advance at the Information Centre to enjoy one of our boat trips.