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The Charterhouse

London, United Kingdom
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About The Charterhouse
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 on our tours, at events and highlighted in our museum. Please note that currently we can only have visitors who have pre-booked on tours. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Ian S wrote a review Nov 2021
Northallerton, United Kingdom201 contributions103 helpful votes
Very good guided tour of a fascinating building with quite a history. The guide was very knowledgeable about his subject.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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CheekyLondon wrote a review Nov 2021
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom1572 contributions574 helpful votes
We went on a 60 minute guided tour of the Charterhouse this week. You pay £15 to do this and you have to book in advance. It's well worth it. The Charterhouse is a stunning example of a house through history - starting in the 1300s and going up to the present day. The history was explained in very understandable terms and was put in the context of each period of history. I loved it - I've been here before to the museum and the chapel, but to see the usually hidden parts of the buildings is an excellent experience. Not only to you find out about the fabric of the building, you also find out little gems about history. We did visit the museum and chapel as well and there is a nice little gift shop too. A great experience!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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John F wrote a review Oct 2021
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom454 contributions366 helpful votes
We chose a "Brother's Tour". Stephen gave us a comprehensive history of this impressive site (packed with dates, but he used no notes), guided us around the historic buildings and, towards the end of the tour, gave us small insights into the life he has been enjoying her for 15 years. If you really want to get a feel of this unique place, I would recommend a tour by one of the Brothers. Quite why the place is not over-run by tourists, I have no idea. Very few came to visit the (free) museum while we waited and the tour comprised Stephen, my wife and me. This just added to the tranquility of this oasis of calm right in the heart of London. If you are a visitor to London, you really should visit and have something a little less known to your list of places visited. If you are a Londoner, you really should see inside this relatively untouched piece of history, usually only seen by those that live in The Charterhose. Thank you Stephen.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Imogene Russell wrote a review Oct 2021
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The Charterhouse buildings which we went round recently are really beautiful, but I love all Tudor and medieval buildings - maybe because they make history vivid, and the Charterhouse does that more than most. In its rooms and quads and cloisters you get the feel of what it would've been like to be alive there at various times - there were abbots making life-and-death choices between monarch and religion, rich Tudor merchants wrangling with each other, schoolboys writing lines for losing Latin books. And there's a wealth of handsome detail to look at - carvings, portraits, sundials, decorated ceilings, fireplaces and furniture, as well as info on notable latter-day people connected to the site - Thackeray, Wesley, Baden-Powell. In fact, you need a second visit for all of that - including the skeleton that you come on round a corner of the museum and don't have time to identify, because the tour guide needs to keep at least roughly to the hour-or-so's schedule. Our guide, called Neil, was skilful in moving us on tactfully, as well as giving us all the history in clear and lively form. In some rooms he had to compete for sound-space with people who live and work in the Charterhouse now, but this only added to the atmosphere of vibrant life in this historical setting - and that's a great combination.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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ClaudeLondon wrote a review Sep 2021
London, United Kingdom47 contributions41 helpful votes
Hidden enclave in the middle of London. A very well conducted tour (about 1 hour plus your own time for the museum) of a complex of historical buildings giving a great insight in the twists and turns of history right up to its current use today. Definitely recommended, book the tour and be impressed!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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