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John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room'

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John Wesley's Chapel


2017 will see the most substantial change to the New Room/John Wesley’s Chapel since the eighteenth century when it opens its new three-storey visitor centre and museum in the spring. Located within the Horsefair Courtyard of the New Room, the new building will accommodate a 40-seater café and shop on the ground floor, library and archive facilities on the first floor and a conference/education centre on the second floor. All floors will be served by a lift and stairs and there will be a linked entrance to a new and expanded museum above the chapel.

The museum will tell the story of the Wesleys and Bristol in the eighteenth century and how the movement grew and developed across the country. It will feature many original objects and furnishings from Wesley’s time at the New Room as well as newly commissioned interactive displays. There will also be a focus on the expansion of Methodism to America through the respective works of George Whitefield, Thomas Webb, Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke each of whom has a significant Bristol connection. To conclude the tour, legacy rooms within the museum will prompt visitors to reflect on how many of the issues that Methodism addressed in the eighteenth century continue to challenge and demand responses from us today.

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Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route


  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 10

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Follow signs to Broadmead car parks. Park then look out for street fingerpost signs to John Wesley's Chapel.

Public Transport Directions

Any bus to Broadmead. From Temple meads station No 8 or 9 bus. Signposted within Broadmead.


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Recent Reviews:

  • John W
    Croydon, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Oldest Methodist chapel in the world
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
    Interesting new visitor centre opening soon. Very helpful volunteers, shop. Good displays and it was interesting to see items about the Wesleys. Read full review
  • Will B
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Hidden gem!
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
    Worth popping in, even for the sceptic or non believer. Wonderfully calm and peaceful place bang in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. Read full review
  • Gillian C
    Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Just too soon for the refurbishments!
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 18th May 2017
    I only had one day in Bristol but made a point of visiting The New Room, as it's known, a special piece of our heritage for Methodists. It is on the cusp of revealing its refurbishments and some ares... Read full review
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Tel: +44 (0)117 926 4740

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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