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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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a gem pf a chapel

This is particualrly of interest to Methodists, but is also interesting for anyone who likes history or Architecture. The chapel is an elegant Georgian building and there is an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is particualrly of interest to Methodists, but is also interesting for anyone who likes history or Architecture. The chapel is an elegant Georgian building and there is an interesting museum as well. There is also a shop selling souvenirs and books

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bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I've visited here a number of times. Although few people have interest in religious buildings of this nature, the influence that Wesley had on Bristol and the world is phenomenal. The man left a legacy of faith and Good works that few have rivalled. Definitely worth a visit

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hereford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Stumbled upon this whilst walking through Cabot Circus, what a little gem, learnt so much about John Wesley from the very knowledgeable volunteers

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Discovered this while Shaun spotting round the back of the Galleries. This is the original Methodist chapel. The hidden gem are the Preacher's rooms upstairs which are full of Wesleyan memorabilia and even some early clerical graffitti

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Lovely garden that leads to the church. Interesting and informative. Really Peaceful place to sit and reflect.

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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We chanced on this place on the way to the bus station and were very glad to pop in. there are three floors to this place, the uppermost of which were Ministers rooms. Wesley used this place for the basis of his ministry in the South West and the bed that he used to sleep in was on display. Quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is a fascinating place to visit. There is so much to learn about John Wesley and his work. It is miracle that it survived the bombing of Bristol In the second World War. It is an oasis in what is now a busy shopping area

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Such a beautiful, peaceful place to visit with such a history to it. We enjoyed visiting here and left a few prayers for family members no longer with us.

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Martock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Location, friendly guides, and helpers. Especially emotive as we are lifelong Methodists, so it is almost a pilgrimage to see where the founder lived.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My wife and I were in Bristol for business and stopped by this Chapel to think about the impact of John and Charles Wesley on Britain and America. These two men changed generations because of the faithfulness. The day we visited there was a organ recital and we just loved it. If we are ever back we will certainly come... More 

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