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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 #11 of 143 Attractions in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was just fascinating: the place where John Wesley built the first Methodist Chapel, and which he made the base for much of his ministry, and that of his colleagues, in the West Country. The building itself is fascinating, and the museum displays showing the lives and history of these Methodist pioneers. They had what we would nowadays call a... More

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New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

If you're looking for spectacular spot, it is not right place. However I could feel the history. It was a hidden gem for me in the busy street. You can feel the different world once you step in the Chappell.

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chatham
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Hard to explain but a place you just must see, right in the middle of Bristol main shopping centre, steeped in history and well worth the time to take in all the information that is available.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This lovely little chapel is the oldest Methodist chapel in the world! Built by John Wesley in 1739 as a preaching and meeting place for the Methodist movement. There are many items in this peaceful place that were here when John Wesley and his famous hymn writing brother Charles stayed in the building.The New Room has weekly services and recitals... More

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Senior Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A haven of tranquility in this busy city! Superb example of a chapel with lots of info about Wesley and Methodism in General. Staffed by friendly and knowledgable volunteers. Entry is free and well worth a visit.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Stumbled upon it. An elderly gentleman gave us an in depth history of the place. Lovely chap! It's free..that was a plus

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Bristol
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I'd lived in Bristol for 25 years before finding myself with a hour to kill in Broadmead. Surrounded by shops there are old maps on the wall to show how this chapel fitted into the pre-war and 19th century streets and a small exhibition on non-conformism in Bristol. The main delight is the interior architecture, wood panelled and beautifully preserved.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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11 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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