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John Wesley's Chapel

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Address: 36 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JE, England
Phone Number: +44 117 926 4740
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Description: The New Room in Bristol is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world...
The New Room in Bristol is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world (originally built in 1739 and extended in 1748) and the cradle of the early Methodist movement. It was built and used by John and Charles Wesley and the early Methodists as a meeting and preaching place and the centre for helping and educating the needy members of the community. The chapel itself is on the ground floor (where there is also a shop) and is accessible from either the Broadmead or Horsefair courtyards. Upstairs, are the Preachers' Rooms where the MLA accredited museum is located. This contains a unique collection of papers and artifacts and tells the story of John and Charles Wesley and their life and work in Bristol.
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We visited the Wesley Methodist Chapel on our way to Stokes Croft from the harbour area. The chapel is a real oasis of calm, especially so given the location, right in the middle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We visited the Wesley Methodist Chapel on our way to Stokes Croft from the harbour area. The chapel is a real oasis of calm, especially so given the location, right in the middle of shopping land. You are made to feel welcome immediately as a visitor - there are plenty of information leaflets and panels, and staff who provide information... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have lived in Bristol for 60 years yet only discovered this chapel about five years ago. It is a place of peace in the middle of a bustling city centre. It is very relaxing just to sit in the original pews and to read about the history of John Wesley.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Actually popped here to use the loo when my 4yr old grandson was in dire need. (loos are outside in the courtyard but very clean and well kept) The chapel is the oldest Methodist church in the world and it is amazing to think that the Methodist movement started in the little building in the middle of Bristol! There are... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

It is history , architecture , religion and peace all hidden in the city centre !! The chapel is of its time and style. Plain and puritan. The state outside reminds us what he hoped people would learn from his preaching.

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Axbridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

If you are unlucky enough to find yourself walking around the blight that is Broadmead it is worth popping into this chapel for a break.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Stumbled across this building as it is set behind the shops near debenhams. There is also an arcade very near by, also worth a visit.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visited just before Christmas for the first time even though I am born and raised in Bristol. It has a calming atmosphere and you can imagine how it would have been when John Wesley preached there. His rooms are above the chapel and you can look down to the pulpit through the original 18th century glass. The chapel walls and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A welcome for anyone interested either in Methodism or just sightseeing; we were interested in both and found the place fascinating.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I'm not a Methodist but this place is something special. Very interesting building and history and, if you only have a few minutes on a sunny day, a great place to escape the bustle of Bristol

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

went into the Chapel on a Saturday and had a lovely cup of tea and cake and it was nice to go up stairs and to see where John Wesley slept and to find out about the history of the Chapel was well laid out

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