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“Dropped in while doing the shopping. Most interesting”

The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel
Ranked #23 of 215 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The New Room in Bristol is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world (originally built in 1739 and extended in 1748) and the cradle of the early Methodist movement. It was built and used by John and Charles Wesley and the early Methodists as a meeting and preaching place and the centre for helping and educating the needy members of the community. The chapel itself is on the ground floor (where there is also a shop) and is accessible from either the Broadmead or Horsefair courtyards. Upstairs, there is an admission charge Arts Council accredited museum which tells the story of John and Charles Wesley and their life and work in Bristol.
Reviewed November 20, 2012

I liked the feel of the original chapel that Wesley preached in and all the little rooms upstairs and the history of it were fascinating and the guides were very helpful. A little slice of history in the middle of retail world.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Bristol is the birthplace of methodism and this historic building is typical of the church in the 18th century. Many displays and tranquil setting. Good place to have your lunch and a cup of tea.

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Reviewed October 13, 2012

I simply love this place. It is serene and exudes the past like few other buildings. You can almost feel the fervour of early Methodism and hear the prechers and their working class audiences.

2  Thank foxmeister-10
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Displays in rooms above chapel well laid out -not too much information - just enough to get a picture of the phenomenal work done through John Wesley and his companions.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

The chapel itself is quite ordinary but for many visitors its what it stands for that is the attraction & reason to visit.The gentleman guide we spent time with was very Knowledgeable & happy to answer all our qustions.A place of peace & tranquility!

1  Thank debate_12
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