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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

West Smithfield | West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
44 020 7248 2294
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Ranked #71 of 1,119 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
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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 NEW

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
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

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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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
35 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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London, United Kingdom
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140 reviews 140 reviews
40 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

Great St Barts was founded in 1123 and has been at the centre of virtually everything ever since. It was just outside the church gates that Braveheart (yes, that one) met his very grisly end in 1305. It was here that Wat Tyler and Richard the Second faced each other down over the peasants revolt of 1381. There was a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I am not religious, but I regularly visit churches to have some quiet contemplation. St. Barts is special to me, as in the sixties, my late wife and I watched our young children perform a nativity play in this church with their school. It has an atmosphere, that is so wonderful, that you never get in churches visited by tourists.... More

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London
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252 reviews 252 reviews
196 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great St Bart's, as it is commonly known, is one of London's oldest churches and also one of its most interesting and most beautiful. It is somewhat tucked away from the main tourist trails in a fascinating corner of the City of London, wedged in between the Barbican Centre, Smithfield Market, and the Old Bailey. Architecturally and artistically the church... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A truely halcyon and beautiful place to enjoy superb coffee and lovely service from staff. Was looking forward to going and Cloisters did not disappoint. The cakes are very morish too! We will visit again soon. Karl and Marlene x

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Stunning church and lovely cafe: reasonably priced w/generous portions and completely empty, despite being lunchtime midweek in the City. Pretty garden to sit in outside

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