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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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198 reviews 198 reviews
83 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
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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107 reviews 107 reviews
13 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

This is an absolute must see! Most people haven't heard of this place, but it is fundamental to the existence of modern day London. This is truly a gem of a place and the guided tour is so informative! On the downside I t think you can only visit t his place as part of a guided tour/coach party??

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Memphis, Tennessee
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91 reviews 91 reviews
18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

What a great find. Anyone interested in the medieval history of London should take advantage of this gem. A brother will be your tour guide and lead you back through time into the present day following this ancient order. Even the blitz could it erase this order. A well spent 2 hrs.

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Birmingham
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141 reviews 141 reviews
11 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Recently enjoyed an evening tour of Charterhouse whilst on a course at Barts next door. What an amazing place - who knew about plague pits, monasteries, executions, royal connections, school/educational establishment and more recently ownership by Barts. Fascinating - with the facts and figures all ably described by one of the guides who lives in the complex - even learning... More 

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Trentham, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
4 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Away from the hurley Hurley lies Charterhouse and all that it contributes to Tudor and Elizabethan History, from its monastic foundations and spawning of one of England's best known public schools. That is to say nothing of its foundation as an alms house and regular film set (Jeremy Irons was wandering around filming a movie during our visit) which continues... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you get the chance to visit this gem of history do! From the road it looks a great building but small but once inside it all unfolds. History and more history with plenty of tales to tell going right back to the 14th century. Your guide will make it all come alive in front of your eyes. This is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I was recently at The Charterhouse with a group of friends for their Medieval Fete. Whilst small tours of the almshouse are offered – and I highly recommend them to better appreciate the 600+ years of history of this amazing place that has the Queen as Governor! – regular events are frequently held and free to the public. I work... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

My daughter and I found the tour to be very interesting and informative, covering a vast period of history. The buildings are spectacular and the history within is amazing. If you are interested in history you will love it. The brothers were really engaging and knowledgeable and I would recommend it to anyone

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TheCharterhouseEC1, Public Relations Manager at Charterhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the tour of the premises. The Brothers are at the heart of the Charterhouse and deeply treasured members of our community. We regularly hold events in the Square that are free of charge and open to the public, so do look us up next time you're in London! More 

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