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The Charterhouse

The Charterhouse Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN, England
+44 20 3818 8873
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Gem in the city.

Tucked away in a quiet square just around the corner from Barbican underground station... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Robert A
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London, United Kingdom
Definitely a hidden gem.

If you are interested in little known history and love the Square Mile this is fascinating. We were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Simon C
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London, United Kingdom
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The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. Founded as a medieval monastery of the Carthusian order, the site became a Tudor mansion, a boys’ school, and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. We provide accommodation for over 40 individuals known as ‘Brothers’ who form part of the community alongside staff, private and commercial tenants, and residents of the Infirmary. Our historic and peaceful 7 acre site is an inspiring location for filming and private events. In late January 2017 we opened our doors to the public for the first time in our 660 year history as part of the Revealing the Charterhouse project. Come and discover our fascinating story revealed through our new museum and learning programme; explore the site during a paid tour; and relax with tea and homemade cake in the café next door. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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The Charterhouse Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN, England
Clerkenwell
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Tucked away in a quiet square just around the corner from Barbican underground station. Charterhouse is an amazing place to visit (by appointment). It's like alms houses for retired gentlemen of no means! Very historic. Surprisingly large complex. The square itself is also very pleasant,...More

Thank Robert A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in little known history and love the Square Mile this is fascinating. We were lucky enough to be invited by a friend who is a resident and who delighted in revealing the history and inside stories of this piece of living...More

Thank Simon C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened by this courtyard when strolling near Picadilly Circus, and are so glad we did. There are about four to six "societies" that have the headquarters there, and have for hundreds of years - very cool!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My firm held an evening reception at Charterhouse, knowing it as one of my colleagues is a former pupil of the school now based in the country having relocated from the City many many moons ago... the service was impeccable, the food enjoyable, the drink...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's an advantage to know somebody who lives here and who can show you around. Which we did. If not you need to find out how to do a tour,maybe by asking at the porter's lodge. The refectory and passages remind one of Harry Potter's...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Julie Chandler is a Blue Badge guide and she does an occasional specialist tour that includes Charterhouse and nearby Crossrail developments that combines medieval history, plague pits, and modern transportation construction. Charterhouse offers a regular series of tours, but this one is very special. Keep...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took a local group and we had excellent guided tours of the wonderful, hidden place in London. We had excellent guides and thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

1  Thank Mary K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the one hour tour with a guide (Pat) and it was wonderful. Full of detail about the different phases of The Charterhouse and so many much of interest to see and explore. Definitely worth taking the tour. Can't believe how peaceful it is...More

1  Thank Paula C
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Reviewed May 9, 2018

We went on the guided tour and were treated to a very good and explanatory history of Charterhouse. It is almost hard to believe that busy London is just outside. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting. Charterhouse is steeped in history...More

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Charlotte B, Public Relations Manager at The Charterhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We're delighted you enjoyed the tour. Thank you for recommending the Charterhouse

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Reviewed May 3, 2018

didn't get a chance to go in. Looked stunning from the outside - very well preserved for such an old building. Will return and go for the guided tour when next in the area.

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Jack S, D at The Charterhouse, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2018

Thank you. We look forward to your return.

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nagled
April 16, 2018|
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Response from Kathshx | Reviewed this property |
Hi - the Standard Tour lasts 1 hour. if you take a Brother's Tour it lasts about 2 hours, I believe. The Standard would probably be better for you if you've got a busy day arranged. Allow another 30-45 mins for the museum... More
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PatrickM738
November 2, 2016|
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Response from Jack S | Property representative |
Hello, Please see our website for details on how to book online, under the "Visit Us" section, and then "Book a Tour". If you would like to make special arrangements, please call the museum reception desk at 020 3818... More
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PatrickM738
November 1, 2016|
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Response from Jack S | Property representative |
Hello, Please see our website for details on how to book online, under the "Visit Us" section, and then "Book a Tour". If you would like to make special arrangements, please call the museum reception desk at 020 3818 8873... More
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