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Church of St. Bartholomew the Great

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Reviewed November 5, 2018

A rather strange Church, founded in 1123 it is London`s oldest , there is a small charge to enter but do not let that put you off, it is well worth it, almost next door is the small museum at Barts Hospital, very interesting free...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

A bit difficult to find as TA indicates the location slightly off. The entrance is in fact at the southwest corner of the West Smithfield circle. Once in side the splendour reveals it self as the interior are kept close to the original. You are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

You need to spend time walking around slowly and scanning in every direction to appreciate the beauty and majesty of this church. Everywhere I looked i could see something of interest, the pews that face each other instead of being all facing eastwards, the atmospheric...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank geoff_grayton
Reviewed September 10, 2018

Visiting Smithfield Market at the weekend, I came across this wonderful church: the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew, founded in AD 1123. as part of a monastery of Augustinian Canons. Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles, brought to Jesus by Saint Philip. He is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

Amazing little church full of history and atmosphere. Built 900 years ago this church has been involved in every major London event since then!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Davis G
Reviewed August 28, 2018

This place is really special. Enter through St Bartholomew's Tudor Gatehouse to find a huge church dating from the 12th century. This is a stunning survivor of the Great Fire. Inside this cavernous place is a warm atmosphere and a gilt bronze statue by Damien...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 25, 2018

It's huge, old and beautiful. Not much to read or learn from once inside, however. And not free. It was on my to-do list and I did it. If you love churches, however, it's a must. I bet the Evensong service is nice; the organ...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

This incredible, old church is worth a visit. It gives a feel of the Middle Ages, and is really lovely. Not a monster-sized cathedral, but a charming, living church.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

I didn't think I'd be lucky to go inside and I'd actually just gone as the church has been featured in many films like Four Weddings and a Funeral. However, it was open and the lady at the reception was delightful. She showed me inside,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

It’s a magnificent setting, a church created out of a long defunct Augustinian Priory chapel founded in 1123, dissolved in 1539, but only merged a few years ago in a single diocese with its smaller neighbour St. Bartholomew the Less in the grounds of the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Windsor Castle / Covent Market / Church of St. Bartholomew (14 Replies)
Hi guys, we're going to be in London in late September-Oct and have a few questions.. - Do we need to book online tickets to skip the queue for Windsor castle? Or is it not necessary? We're planning to be there around 11am (not too early) on a weekday. - Are there places to eat at Windsor before entering the castle? We're getting off at Windsor &amp; Eton Central station - Is Covent Garden Market fully opened on Sunday? We're planning to be there from 12pm-3pm - is this too much /...More
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1. No need to book - it won't be that busy at that time of year 2. yes, lots, you will walk past a few as you exit the station and there are more up and down Castle Hill as you exit the station, by the riverside and in Eton High Street. 3.Ticket price is on the website&gt; It's a working church; you will be allowed to wander round and gawp if there are no services going on - if you want to attend a service or simply pray, there is no charge, but you will not be allowed to enter for a...More