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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

#286 of 1,529 things to do in London
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Address: West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
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+44 20 7248 2294
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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We were so blessed walking and touring this oldest church in England. It was founded in 1123. Please take your hat off before walking into the church, a sign of respect. My first... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so blessed walking and touring this oldest church in England. It was founded in 1123. Please take your hat off before walking into the church, a sign of respect. My first reaction of this church was I felt calm and moved by the history. There are different facets to the church including some modern art work.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The medieval church of St Bartholomew the Great, tucked away in West Smithfield (a short walk from St Paul's Cathedral) is one of London's hidden treasures. It is the city's oldest surviving church and its largely unaltered Norman interior makes it a fascinating historic site to visit. The church is also one of the most frequently used film locations in... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

This church captures the spirit and feel of medieval Catholicism more than most. And jit is tucked in among this little streets like Cloth St and others recalling the medieval fairs and Jonson's play

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Visited for a free lunchtime concert and listened to the lovely music in this great brooding Norman church. It has a dark atmosphere. It normally charges an entrance fee which is unusual for a church and if I had paid I would have felt that it should have had better information and facilities. The cafe has really gone down hill... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

My wife and I went to Evensong here during their Founder's Day celebration, both to enjoy worship and to hear the fine choir. The choir was excellent, as advertised, and we enjoyed learning about the church's foundation in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory, by Rahere, a member of King Henry I's court. It was the only church service I've ever... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Visited during a midweek walk around Barbican area, hidden behind a Tudor gateway, this is a really interesting old church, dating from the 12th century. It costs £4 to enter and you are given an A4 size map of the layout with interesting features highlighted. There is also a good little cafe in the cloisters. We spent an hour here... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

Closed 30 minutes early and we were turned away. Very frustrating. A group of men in front of us went for lunch as wedding on but when came back were told they couldn't come in. Even more frustrating for them as they specifically wanted to see it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

The church was founded in 1123, as an Augustinian priory, together with the hospital at the same location. It is a hidden gem, not crowded by tourists, but very interesting Medieval building with great history, witnessing the execution of William Wallace, escaping the Great Fire and surviving the Second World War without damage.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

I love this Church it has a really fantastic ambience and a history back to 1123 this is a beautiful and really spiritual place. I love it so much I always take my visitors there. The architecture is stunning and it is a place for reflection as well as wonder given the surroundings. The stories the walls could tell from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

St. Bartholomew the Great is tucked away in Smithfield & as such does not attract anywhere near the hordes of tourists that descend on the better known St. Paul's & Westminster Abbey. However, it is equally deserving of a visit & one can enjoy a more intimate & peaceful experience. The church has the distinction of being the oldest surviving... More 

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