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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 134 attractions in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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116 reviews 116 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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51 attraction reviews
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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Fascinating and peaceful pilgrimage destination for Methodists worldwide. Tucked away and surrounded by faceless shopping blocks, this lovely early 18th century chapel and attached rooms make up the oldest methodist chapel in the world. Many artefacts relating to Rev. John Wesley are present, as is a fitting statue to the man himself in the courtyard. Very welcoming stewards were on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This gem of a place is hidden in the busy shopping centre called Broadmead. It's a beautiful tranquil building and working chapel - all welcome. The rooms upstairs are set out how John Wesley had them when he was in Bristol and there's a small book shop and souvenir shop too. You can walk round the pulpit and up into... More

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