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John Wesley's Chapel

36 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JE, England
44 (0)117 926 4740
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Ranked #13 of 135 attractions in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I loved this place. Full of history about a man and an era very formative in my growth. We were there when the organist was practicing, and there was a real feeling of a community and Christian fellowship. The gardens at each side were being used by city workers and shoppers- an oasis of peace. And there are free toilets!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My friend and I were walking through Bristol, and is made her go into the chapel. So glad we did. While it isn't as grand as most placed, the volunteers made up for it. They were so passionate about it and loved telling the history. It's definitely worth taking a little time for

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
8 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Stepping inside, you are immediately taken back to Wesleyan times, the interior does it all. I wish the attendants didn't spoil it by immediately walking into your space and trying to engage in conversation whilst you are trying to take in the beauty of this most wonderful chapel, the 1st (I gather) of its kind in England. Don't be put... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Lovely place, very peaceful whether you're religious or not! Nice to get away from all the crowds in town and have a moment of quiet. Little shop upstairs too. In general a nice visit. Check opening times befofe you go tho

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London, United Kingdom
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128 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Lovely 18th Century chapel, and the oldest in the world, situated in the heart of a busy shopping centre but provides an oasis of calm from the hustle and bustle. It was apparently build by John Wesley in 1739, and features a galleried upper floor as well as his living quarters, which still contains his old straw bed and robes.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Kind of plain chapel by comparison to the other ones, but the older women who work there are a wealth of knowledge if you take the time to talk to them... and they're excited to share what they know with interested visitors. There is a lot of interesting history to the place, for instance the lack of windows was because... More

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Essington, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Great place to visit, volunteers were friendly and helpful. They serve tea/coffee and home made cakes so perfect for a visit and a refreshment. Lovely chapel.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Built by John Wesley, The New Room is the world's oldest Methodist building. When you step off Broadmead and through its doors, it's like stepping into a time machine and being whisked back to the 18th century. Upstairs from the chapel are the preachers' rooms - where the likes of Charles Wesley and George Whitefield would have stayed and where... More

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Llantwit Major, United Kingdom
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138 reviews 138 reviews
51 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This was our priority visit in Bristol, something unique. Chapel quite small, with helpful volunteers, and little shop. Liked the preachers quarters upstairs where they could stay when not riding around preaching. Liked seeing Wesley relics and Charles Wesleys poem about his car Grimalkin.

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Montpelier, Bristol
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Miraculously survived the destruction around it during WWII. In the midst of a post-WWII shopping area. Simple yet lovely interior. Lovely wooden floors and pulpit area. Fascinating to see John Wesley's straw bed and gown. Friendly, elderly guides, always willing to offer information. No lift, so any visitor with mobility problems cannot go upstairs. Very serene atmosphere.

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