John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room'
Tel: +44 (0)117 926 4740
*** Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, and the updated advice which has been issued by the government and NHS, the staff of the New Room have taken the decision to close the whole site effective from Wednesday 18th March. Read their full statement here ***
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.
Visit John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room' virtually via their online tour and see inside this historic chapel. Click here for the virtual tour.
An experienced guide can provide a talk explaining the significance of the New Room as the oldest Methodist building in the world and the work begun by John and Charles Wesley in Bristol. As part of the guided tour, you also visit the museum which is located above the chapel. Please allow two weeks notice for visits to the New Room and four weeks notice for visits to Charles Wesley’s House. A range of pre-order tour group lunch deals are available from their award-winning Fairtrade cafe, as well as cream teas and bespoke refreshments.
For more group information, please see here.
|Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
- 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
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
Parking & Transport
- On Bus Route
- Min group size - 10
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Groups Accepted
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good89
- james0412Passing bySaturday, 1st February 2020A delightful visit and a wonderful read of JW journey .. I was hoping the song Amazing Grace be played throughout the museum may be appropriate . This song is famously attributed to his name . Read full review
- stevel269Bristol, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyA site of huge historical interest still relevant todaySunday, 1st March 2020The meeting room is as John Wesley would have seen it, and his rooms above have been tastefully and well updated. You are still able to see the window through which John Wesley would have viewed his... Read full review
- KnmarshHuntsville, AlabamaTrip Type:BusinessMethodist HistoryThursday, 5th March 2020I was in Bristol for work and pleasantly surprised to find this site wasn’t far from my hotel. As a member of the United Methodist Church in the States I had to visit. The chance to stand in the... Read full review