2017 saw the most substantial change to the New Room/John Wesley’s Chapel since the eighteenth century with the opening of the new three-storey visitor centre located within the Horsefair Courtyard of the New Room. The new building offers 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 are served by a lift and stairs with a linked entrance to a new and expanded museum above the chapel.
The museum tells the story of the Wesleys and Bristol in the eighteenth century and how the movement grew and developed across the country. It features many original objects and furnishings from Wesley’s time at the New Room as well as newly commissioned interactive displays. There is 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 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. Please note that admission charges apply for entry to the museum which also includes an audio guide.
Please visit www.newroombristol.org.uk or their Facebook page for more information.
- Accessible to Wheelchair Users
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Ramp/Level Access
- Picnic Site
- Cater for groups
- Film or TV location
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- Max group size - 50
- Min group size - 10
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
Parking & Transport
- On Bus Route
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Groups Accepted
Map & 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.
- Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good79
- MeganRniTrip Type:Solo travelA Special PlaceSaturday, 15th September 2018Really worth seeking out this little gem. I felt a real sense of peace and appreciation for John Wesley's work especially in social justice. A friendly volunteer pointed out features in the... Read full review
- Phil DWorcester, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWonderful place in the centre of the shopping districtMonday, 27th August 2018The oldest Methodist chapel in the world is tucked away among the shops of Bristol. Inside it's an oasis of calm, simplicity and interest to anyone, regardless of a belief or not. Upstairs it's... Read full review
- stotty24Bristol, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayInteresting. Lots of history. Free to enter.Tuesday, 21st August 2018We had visitors with us who wanted to see John Wesley's chapel. It was easy to find off a pedestrianised area and as you approach you see a statue of John Wesley on his horse. This was the way he... Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)117 926 4740
|Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)|