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Address: Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN, England
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The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery in London, to the north...

The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery in London, to the north of what is now Charterhouse Square. Since the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century the house has served as private mansion, a boys' school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. The building is formally known as Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse, and is a registered charity. It is possible to visit this historic site on pre-booked tours and hire areas for private events. If you would like to be kept informed about news and forthcoming events at the Charterhouse, please visit our website.

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A historical gem.

If you love history you will really enjoy experiencing this fantastic place newly refurbished to ensure a great visit. Our tour guide was excellent and this really added to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love history you will really enjoy experiencing this fantastic place newly refurbished to ensure a great visit. Our tour guide was excellent and this really added to the quality of our visit and it is not expensive. You can just pop in but it really is best to book a tour so you get a real insight into... More 

Thank LadyAnne253
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What an amazing experience of a place we would know hardly anything about. A old friend has gone to live there and we went to see him and had a tour. A memorable experience well worth a is it and the guid was o knowledgeable

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's well worth the £10 for the tour, very informative, and a beautiful place, 65 brothers still live there,the history of the place is so interesting. Incredible open to the public after 669years. Our guide was 1st class.

Thank cleveland16
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited by chance and can't wait to return for the conducted tour. This place is bursting with history and the connections amazing. An inspiring place to spend an hour, maybe more

Thank RobertAshton
Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We heard that the Museum had just opened and decided to visit even though we knew we didn't have enough time in hand to do the full tour. The small, but perfectly formed, museum was excellent. Telling the story of the site and the school succinctly but in a fascinating way. I particularly liked seeing the inclusion of theatre tickets... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a Londoner, I was fascinated to visit this place, now open to the public for the first time in 600 years. It is unusual to find a landmark that has been enhanced by the work on Crossrail but this is one. It was easy to book online and order our guide book as well. The guide was first class... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do go visit. We booked a morning tour and had a fascinating insight into the history of the Charterhouse. Our guide was excellent, very informative and her enthusiasm made our tour exceptionally enjoyable. The tour takes an hour which is just about the right length to take in some six centuries of history. You can then spend your time at... More 

Thank Llm1648
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A delightful hidden London gem. A really pretty setting tucked away in Charterhouse street near to Smithfield Market. The Brothers are wonderful giving tours of the museum with humour and lots of information. Currently no cafe but I understand it will open on 7th February. Thoroughly recommend this little gem.

Thank Suewilson100
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

Went whilst on citybreak in London. Pros: Interesting tour of the former home of Charterhouse school completely away from the crowds yet where scholars still live in tranquil surroundings within the heart of London (Smithfield, market a 2 mins walk). Cons: If you're interested in what the location has to offer (i.e. peaceful retreat) there aren't any.

Thank Martyn M
Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Unfortunately due to building works and closed off roads, this was extremely difficult to get into. However once inside the tour by brother Stephen was excellent. Loads of history.

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