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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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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Delightful spot for people keen on social history

The guides here are great -- well informed and friendly; a good example of what happens when pensions are decent and public transit is free for seniors. We learned a lot about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The guides here are great -- well informed and friendly; a good example of what happens when pensions are decent and public transit is free for seniors. We learned a lot about Wesley, his unhappy marriage, his opposition to slavery,his support for women, his offering of free herbal medicine to poor and his writings on herbal medicine. The building is... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Unusually peaceful and worth a stop to catch up on some recent history. You don't have to be religious to want to know about the person and the place

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

More historical detail would have been better for the first main house of a world-wide religious movement.

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NewRoom, Manager at John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are acutely aware that our current museum is not fit for the purpose of telling the story of the oldest Methodist building in the world and that is why we are building in the Horsefair Courtyard to enable us to increase the size of our museum in the New Room by 40%. The expanded... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Found it by accident in the middle of a shopping precinct. Very interesting with good exhibition information boards. Included the living rooms used by the Wesleys upstairs. Individual guides in these rooms. Free entry. Worth a visit.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Really enjoyed visiting this chapel, staff were very eager to impart information to us, and we had a fascinating tour of the chapel including the preachers rooms on the top,floor.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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