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John Wesley's Chapel

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Address: 36 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JE, England
Phone Number: +44 117 926 4740
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The New Room in Bristol is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world...

The New Room in Bristol is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world (originally built in 1739 and extended in 1748) and the cradle of the early Methodist movement.

It was built and used by John and Charles Wesley and the early Methodists as a meeting and preaching place and the centre for helping and educating the needy members of the community.

The chapel itself is on the ground floor (where there is also a shop) and is accessible from either the Broadmead or Horsefair courtyards. Upstairs, are the Preachers' Rooms where the MLA accredited museum is located. This contains a unique collection of papers and artifacts and tells the story of John and Charles Wesley and their life and work in Bristol.

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Very interesting and a real gem

Greeted and made welcome by a lovely gentleman who was very knowledgeable and friendly. Free to explore and at your own pace. Highly recommend that you take the time to thoroughly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Greeted and made welcome by a lovely gentleman who was very knowledgeable and friendly. Free to explore and at your own pace. Highly recommend that you take the time to thoroughly explore all the open areas and rooms and read the information boards and I particularly liked the sound of the ticking grandfather clock upstairs and it struck me that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I were very lucky to be in Bristol during the Open Doors event. This chapel is very close to the coach station and we just passed by. We didn't know what it was but we are very curious when we travel, so we went to see what was inside. It was a lovely surprise as we learned... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

I came here on a hot day, Its is free and I enjoyed the everything about this place. I spent some time walking around the building. There are staff to help you if you need to know anything. Its is free.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Small house in the centre.Nothing amazing .Just for John Wesley's fans and history lovers .Good to pop there for 15 minutes if you are close to it.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Hidden away, between horrid 1950's buildings you can travel back to more simple times. The building is still used for religious services and has recently been used for filming BBC's Poldark. A very important an interesting building weather you are yourself, religious or not.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

I spent a while sitting in the courtyard then walking around the chapel. The guide was really informative and there was lots of information on the walls. It was a calm and special Place

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Volunteers excellent and will ask if you want to know anything or alternatively let you wander round at your pace. Julie - one of the volunteers - was great and was happy to chat about the place and the history. Gives you an insight into the background of John Wesley and about Bristol trade. Worth an hour of anyone's time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Great for quiet reflection and a little bit of history but thats it. There isn't much to do inside the chapel as such, but the volunteers are lovely

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

Upon entering the New Room, I immediately felt a sense of peace and could almost hear the joyful hymns of early Methodists ringing through the chapel. The worship space, especially John Wesley's pulpit, truly were holy ground, rich with history and dedication to Christ. Upstairs, the sleeping quarters and study area of Wesley and his itinerant preachers were a step... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

Whether a churchgoer or not this is an interesting place.Free admission but donations welcomed. Volunteers really friendly and helpful. You can see and hear about the history of the chapel and see rooms where visitors stayed upstairs with some interesting objects eg a portrait of Wesley made out of the written word in calligraphy.Spent over 30 minutes looking round -... More 

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