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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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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.

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An oasis of calm

We were lucky enough to be the only two people on a tour of this very interesting (and little known) site. The Brother who showed us round was informative, kind and friendly. This... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Gateshead

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Gateshead
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to be the only two people on a tour of this very interesting (and little known) site. The Brother who showed us round was informative, kind and friendly. This was undoubtedly one of the highlights of our trip to London.

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chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Anyone missing this is a fool- here is a chance to step back in time and enter one of the few buildings with interiors from the middle ages. it was badly damaged during the blitz but a masterful job was redone in the reconstruction. Hours are limited- worth altering your schedule to fit a tour in.

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Thank jfadds
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I have been fortunate enough to both visit and dine at Charterhouse. It's an interesting but hidden place steeped in history just outside the city of London. Reputed to be the place where the rules of football including throw ins and the off side rule were first developed, its a peaceful world outside the hustle and bustle of the city... More 

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Thank Safetymark
Dorking, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Beautiful historic part of London. It was an old college. It's not far from Smithfields where William Wallace met his demise well worth a look around that part of town

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Thank Peachy1971
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This hidden piece of old London is well worth a visit. Our guide, himself a resident at Charterhouse, revealed its history in a knowledgeable and engaging manner. A fascinating place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

...of Elizabethan times (and beyond) encapsulated in this modern foundation. From the gruesome execution of the Carthusian monks who would not take the Oath of Supremacy in 1536 to the modern day charitable purposes to which the building is now put, a visit to the Charterhouse is well worth making. We went as part of an organised tour (ACE Cultural... More 

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Thank Clifftopman
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Now serves as a retirement community for about 40 or so OAP's. It's a lovely building and the grounds are beautiful. One of the residents gave a most interesting tour of the site and it's history and surrounding area. Highly recommend doing a tour here, must book in advance though so keep that in mind

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Thank temashana
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Great historical place. Real gem with a very informative guided tour. The ticket of £10 is more than worth the visit.

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Thank Tarabmw
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We were fortunate in having had the opportunity of a guided tour of this complex of buildings dating back to the 14th century, located in Charter House Square, Smithfield.It is a wonderful place oozing history - it was a Carthusian monastery and then became an Almshouse. The guided tours are led by one of the Brothers of Charterhouse and are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

There are hidden places all over London but this one is just a true step back in time !!! Stop off here on your way to Smithfield meat market and check-out the fabulous back streets of Little Britain and Farrington. Lots of bars, cosy pubs and restaurants are on every street in this area behind Barbican tube station.

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