King Henry VIII London Sites

King Henry VIIIKing Henry VIII Biography

King Henry VIII is most infamously remembered for his six wives, two of which were beheaded. But outside his marriage life, he’s also known for his role in the English reformation, separating the English Church from the Church of Rome, thanks in part to the encouragement of his 2nd wife Anne Boleyn.

Henry ruled with absolute power, and established himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England. So he is remembered not only as a charismatic character, but also intimidating and harsh.

King Henry VIII Attractions in London

Greenwich Palace: Henry was born at Greenwich Palace in 1491.

Westminster Abbey: Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, his first wife, were coronated on Sunday June 24th, 1509. On the day prior to the coronation, Henry and Katherine processed from the Tower of London to Whitehall. On the morning of the coronation, they arrived at the Palace of Westminster and walked from there to the Abbey. Queen Katherine sat on a lower chair than King Henry, who sat on the coronation chair.

Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey
Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey

Windsor Castle: Henry is buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at the center of the choir alongside his 3rd wife Jane Seymour, who historians believe was his favorite wife because she was the only one able to bear him a son.

Windsor Castle
Photo by Diana Freedman