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Charterhouse

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Address: Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7253 9503
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Description: The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery in London, to the north...
The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery in London, to the north of what is now Charterhouse Square. Since the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century the house has served as private mansion, a boys' school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. The building is formally known as Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse, and is a registered charity. It is possible to visit this historic site on pre-booked tours and hire areas for private events. If you would like to be kept informed about news and forthcoming events at the Charterhouse, please visit our website. Community Dig bookings on Eventbrite now!
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A gem of history and architecture

A gem of history and architecture with a very informative guided tour - the ticket of £10 is well worth the visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A gem of history and architecture with a very informative guided tour - the ticket of £10 is well worth the visit.

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Ellesmere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The Charterhouse is a charity set up in the 14th century. Today it is the home of retired single men of modest means, they can be widowed or divorced. But the main criteria is that they must all eat their meals together. The tour was lead by some of the residents. The Charterhouse is a fascinating set of buildings dating... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Go and visit Charterhouse and do a tour, it's behind Barbican Tube Station. The tours are reasonably priced and run by guys that live there. Charterhouse has so much history, a hidden gem in London!

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This was a special lunch for the Ladies of the Brethren of the Lodge of Good Report No. 136 as part of it's 250th Anniversary Celebration this year. Lara Ramsden and her team provided an excellent day for 23 Lodge Members and their Ladies together with 2 representatives from Help for the Heroes where a cheque of £3,000 was presented... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I was lucky to get a place on a private visit with the Friends of the Royal Academy. As most other reviewers have noted, you are guided by a current Brother who lives there and not only do you get to see most of this wonderful historic complex but your guide imparts you with so much knowledge of its history... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We went with a coach party and had an informative guide to show us around the building and ground. Not just the house but a complex of different age properties make up Charterhouse which houses the Charterhouse brothers 2 of which were our guides for the duration of our stay. Perhaps the guided tour was a little too long as... More 

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Tralee, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This Tudor building and grounds deserve your time and attention. So much history, such attractive buildings and gardens, such an enthusiastic guide. Don't miss it....

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

This place does not run many tours, we had waited some time to be in London on a tour date. It was only £10 a head and it all goes to the charity. It has a fascinating history and is an equally fascinating building. We were guided by one of the brothers, who was warm, charming and very knowledgeable. The... More 

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Teddington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I had my first opportunity to visit this historic site today and was not disappointed. My small group of visitors was hosted by a very erudite Brother who brought the history of the site to life. Not only the history of this site, but the history of London and the UK also.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

What a lovely place. The history is so interesting even down to a student scratching his name in a pane of glass in the 1800's!

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