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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

Address: West Smithfield | West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
Phone Number: 44 020 7248 2294
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Ranked #48 of 853 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
5 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I visited here with my parents for a carol service. I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of this exquisite church. A hidden gem, and worth a visit, ideally by candlelight!

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Toronto, Canada
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147 reviews 147 reviews
92 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My favourite church in London. It's ancient, intimate, and the liturgy is tremendously well-done. According to the website, it's London's oldest surviving church -- in continuous use since 1143. The style is Norman and it has a completely different feel that the more familiar gothic-style churches and cathedrals. In addition to visiting for a tour, plan to attend a Sunday... More 

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Tewkesbury
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Steeped in history and far from the madding crowd, the origins of the church go back to the court of William The Conqueror, the French invader - but we won't hold that against it, will we? The interior is brooding and a little dark. What artificial lighting there is sometimes shines into your eyes and obscures what you are trying... More 

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N Wales
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192 reviews 192 reviews
36 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I’ve visited the outside of this wonderful building before but never had the opportunity to go inside. I had a couple of hours spare early one Sunday evening so decided to pop along for half an hour. What I didn’t realise was that there was a special service that evening at 6:30pm (Procession of the Icon of St Bartholomew, Choral... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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379 reviews 379 reviews
166 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Used to work nearish the area and been around here a lot. Took parents inside the church on a visit. Can spent maybe 30-40 minutes here and it's a couple pound for each adult to enter. A nice old church with a lot of history. Inside is original tiling. Attractive wall/gate into the side of St. Barts from the hospital.... More 

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This church is hidden away in the City district. It charges a fee to visit but the interior is well worth it - it has seen the great and the famous pass through its doors. It also has a very enjoyable restaurant in the cloisters offering simple meals with wine available.

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Echternach, Luxembourg
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

For a few years I have been taking people through the small gatehouse to this church and getting them to turn round and look at the tiny Elizabethan house and even older gate. This weekend I actually went in the church. It is so beautiful. There was such a nice welcome from the lady at the till and the whole... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is what is left of a 12th century religious building. It is incredibly atmospheric and feels like most think an ancient church/priory should. You can see how old the stone is where the old and new restoration meet up. There are several unusual items like the oriole and a modern interpretation of a medieval Madonna and Child, as well... More 

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Palm Desert
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

High church of the old school. The mass on Sunday morning was perfect. Incense, bells and Latin (as well as English). Gorgeous and the people were friendly and helpful. "High on the candle" as one parishioner told us.

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Ottawa, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Although we have visited London more times than we can count, we had never visited this church until taken by a local who new the neighbourhood very well. The church is quite small. It was originally part of the medieval neighbourhood of Smithfield, and was part of the complex that contained St. Bartholomew's Priory (which disappeared with monastic dissolution) and... More 

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