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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

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Address: West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England
Phone Number: 44 020 7248 2294
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Very interesting old church near Smithfield Market

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
j w
West Midlands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago

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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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Chesham, United Kingdom
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

The only entirely Medieval church of London. It is a stunning and cosy Romanesque building with so much history, before the Reformation it was an Augustinian priory - the Medieval tomb of a prior just in the sanctuary is an interesting example of English pre-Reformation art and so is the Perpendicular oriel window from whence the prior could spy on... More 

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Long Melford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

St Bartholomews Hospital in an ancient hospital, built in 1123, by a monk Rahere, in thankfulness for his safe return from the Crusades. The hospital square is quite beautiful and also over the gatehouse is a statue of Henry VIII. Not to be forgotten is that William Wallace the Scottish hero, was hanged, drawn and quartered in the square outside... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

We saw the church and heard about the history from the guide on our Smithfield tour. Very interesting from a personal point of view as I was born in the hospital more than 60 years ago.Unfortunately at this early hour the church was not open and we could only admire the architecture from the outside. We must come back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

It's difficult to put into words the emotional experience of being in such an ancient medieval church and imagining when it was in it's prime. Truly humbling.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Went there before the priory was opened. However the old raised churchyard and cloisters were in a quite little peacefull square. You could feel the history. Definitely will return during opening times.

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