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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

Address: West Smithfield | West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England (City of London)
Phone Number: 44 020 7248 2294
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Ranked #168 of 2,403 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Guildford
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212 reviews 212 reviews
56 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

I went to have a look round the church and was shocked to find that you have to pay to go in. I'm afraid I don't get why you should have to pay for entry to a church so I didn't go in

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

It was amazing visiting one of the few medieval churches in London. Also they have a small cafe that has very good food.

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High Wycombe, England
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

We were staying in a Landmark Trust property in Cloth Fair - Sir John Betjeman's London house - near Smithfield, and strolled through the neighbouring churchyard to take a look at St Bartholomew. It is a wonderful old and historic Norman church, very atmospheric - especially quiet when we were there and I would recommend going when there isn't a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
5 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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146 reviews 146 reviews
91 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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37 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 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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233 helpful votes 233 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
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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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22 helpful votes 22 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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