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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

West Smithfield | West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England (City of London)
44 020 7248 2294
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Ranked #86 of 1,041 attractions in London
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We often come to the services here, both evensong and solemn Eucharist. We love the church for its architecture and special atmosphere but it is only when you attend a service that you get it's true meaning and spirituality. It is a very evocative place, from the smell of the incense, the choir's voices, the bells so it assaults all... More

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London, England
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40 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

A sense of history ... a place to wander through, to sit a while and to be thoughtful. The fragrance of the ages - impossible to describe; pleasant. Hidden away behind the hospital; near Smithfield and a gem. The cafe beside the church is excellent, too ... good value, friendly staff and time to sit and chat with a cup... More

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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The church is somewhat hidden. You need to enter the property through an archway off of Smithfield Square. It was built in 1143 as an Augustine Priory. It is one of the few old buildings in London that was not damaged by the Great Fire, nor either of the World Wars. The Priory also started St Bartholomew Hospital, which covers... More

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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1,043 reviews 1,043 reviews
876 attraction reviews
445 helpful votes 445 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We were expecting to be amazed by this old (not to say - ancient) church, but upon entering it we were rather disappointed, as other than its old-ish feel, it lacked the special atmosphere that old churches usually have. For some strange reason, we were not allowed to take photos inside the church. After 15 minutes, we left with a... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

One of the most amazing buildings I have ever been in. If you have the chance, take it. The atmosphere is so special, if only the walls could whisper their stories to us.. Below it asks for what sort of visit was this? Sadly it only allows me to click on one option, I want to click on them all.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I think thats correct,someone will say if I am wrong. Should you have to pay to visit a church? I have issues with this. Worth having a wander inside as there is a lot of historical interest

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely lovely. My view from the hospital looking down onto the grounds are special. From above you can see the changes that have had to be made over the years to the outside. I personally don't like to see a modern building juxtaposed to old, however you can still see how beautiful the church still is.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

This small but perfect Norman church is truly one of London's gems and well worth going slightly out of your way to see. In fact you may have a sense of déjà vu as it has been used as a location in several films. Nearest tube station is St Paul's on the Central Line. Head for Bart's (St Bartholomew's) Hospital... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This cost only 4 pounds extra to go through, but the curator (originally from Chicago) made it exceptionally interesting, as he knew how interested we were. Many movies have been filmed here, including 4 weddings and a funeral, Amazing Grace, Shakespear in Love, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl. I felt like I'd stepped back in history.... More

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114 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

If you visit Museum of London or St. Paul's Cathedral; you'll be in walking distance of this church. It's easy to miss but if you're already in the neighborhood, it's worth a stop and a visit. Most people don't visit this church so you usually end up having the entire place to yourself. It's a small but a remarkable medieval... More

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