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John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room'

36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE

Tel: +44 (0)117 926 4740

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John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room'

About

*** 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.

Virtual Tour

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.

Groups:
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

Special Offers

  • John Wesley’s Chapel – Carer of disabled visitor free

    The offer: You can bring one carer with you free of charge

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit the John Wesley’s Chapel website.

    Offer link: Offers for carers

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

Further Information

Accessibility

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

Catering

  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • 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

Payment Methods

  • Min group size - 10

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    198
  • Very Good
    89
  • Average
    16
  • Poor
    1
  • Terrible
    1

Recent Reviews:

  • james0412
    Passing by
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 1st February 2020
    A 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
  • stevel269
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    A site of huge historical interest still relevant today
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 1st March 2020
    The 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
  • Knmarsh
    Huntsville, Alabama
    Trip Type:
    Business
    Methodist History
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 5th March 2020
    I 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

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