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Charterhouse

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Address: The Charterhouse Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7253 9503
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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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Our group from GB Tours were given a guided tour by the wonderful Stephen a Brother of The Charterhouse it was an interesting informative and very entertaining tour. This really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group from GB Tours were given a guided tour by the wonderful Stephen a Brother of The Charterhouse it was an interesting informative and very entertaining tour. This really is a hidden gem in the centre of London an oasis of calm in the midst of the bustling city. The Charterhouse has an amazing history dating back to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

This place is a 5-10 minute walk from Farringdon train station, up the road from Smithfield market. You can do a guided tour every second Saturday at 2.15pm, the tour guide is a Brother of the Charterhouse, the tour lasts for one and a half hours and costs £10 per person. You need to pre-book. There is some building work... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Historically fascinating, architecturally lovely and pretty gardens. Tour (must be booked) lasted 90 minutes; we were taken round by two of the residents. Not somewhere to stumble over, easily reached from Farringdon tube (10 mins walk).

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Twyford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

We had an awesome one and a half hour tour by two of the resident brothers of this place, mesmerising. We got the whole history of the place right through the ages up to modern times. The site is huge six acres! It seems inconceivable something like this could be so close to the bustling city of London. We saw... More 

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Thank Paul H
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I had no idea what to expect but such an interesting place, like a little or not so very little oasis in the middle of London. £10 for a visit, but my group consisted of 4 people and the tour lasted 1 hr 30 minutes.. We were shown round by a resident who was an Oxford graduate in History and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Went on a guided tour as part of a group. Well worth doing (must be booked in advance). A retired resident "Brother" conducts the tour. A fascinating, tranquil, historic collection of buildings and gardens, an amazing survival of medieval/Tudor buildings right in the centre of London. Also very evident is the sense of community that pervades this place. Wonderful!

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

The best experience of fine dining and historic surroundings of my life. We were lucky enough to be invited to these lovely buildings 2 nights ago. I cannot recommend it highly enough and now impatient to do the tour. The brother who gave us a brief talk was informative and articulate. Thank you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016

We were lucky enough to be the only two people on a tour of this very interesting (and little known) site. The Brother who showed us round was informative, kind and friendly. This was undoubtedly one of the highlights of our trip to London.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Anyone missing this is a fool- here is a chance to step back in time and enter one of the few buildings with interiors from the middle ages. it was badly damaged during the blitz but a masterful job was redone in the reconstruction. Hours are limited- worth altering your schedule to fit a tour in.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I have been fortunate enough to both visit and dine at Charterhouse. It's an interesting but hidden place steeped in history just outside the city of London. Reputed to be the place where the rules of football including throw ins and the off side rule were first developed, its a peaceful world outside the hustle and bustle of the city... More 

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