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“A must for the Methodist”

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 October 15, 2013

This beautiful little chapel is a peaceful and educational experience. Standing in the chapel, you can almost hear the sermons, the hymns, the prayers. There is a museum in the basement of the chapel that chronicles the life of John Wesley with many artifacts. Much of what is on display are items from John's life traveling the country such as handwritten sermons.

Thank Lisa H
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Tucked away amonst the shops in Bristol's Broadmead shopping area is this historic chapel where Wesley began his work as a Methodist minister.
Recently redecorated it is shown as close to the original chapel as is possible. A place for Methodists to understand John Wesley's roots but more importantly for local people and visitors a place to set and reflect amongst the hussle of the city's shops.

Given the history of the local area it has survived bombing, planners and rioting and remain a place of calm and reflection.

Thank Skinbristol
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

I was surprised to found this little sanctuary amongst the busy high street shopping hustle and bustle, you can go inside and buy souvenirs, and learn all about john Wesley himself, there is a wonderful little garden too which is very peaceful a place to rest from the crowds, some times you see musicians busking outside and there is a wonderful café around the corner where you can enjoy a lovely cream tea.

Thank david s
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

A little gentle slice of history amid the hubbub of Bristol's Queens Square shopping centre. Built by preacher John Wesley when he was in the West Country trying to right the world. Pretty sure they do coffees too.

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

visited this place with my niece and her husband (an ex methodist minister) back in May 2013 and was pleasantly surprised which encouraged me to take my wife whilst on a recent shopping trip, neither of us is particularly religious but found the whole experience quite moving. well worth a visit

Thank TorquayIain
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