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The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel

36 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JE, England
+44 117 926 4740
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Bristol’s wonderful gem; social and religious history right in the centre of the main shopping area

Since 1780s this has been Bristol’s heart, right in the middle of the current main shopping... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
An island of history in the midst of the shops

This is such a historic place yet it is totally surrounded by all the modern and soulless shops of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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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.
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36 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JE, England
+44 117 926 4740
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since 1780s this has been Bristol’s heart, right in the middle of the current main shopping area. The refurbished, extended Church is amazing, retaining the original superb building, which has been skillfully enhanced with a museum, library, comfort facilities, a lift and comfotable modern cafe....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such a historic place yet it is totally surrounded by all the modern and soulless shops of Bristol's Broadmead. Used most recently for the courtroom scenes in BBC's Poldark, the building is famous for John Wesley preaching here regularly in the 18th century....More

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NewRoom, Manager at The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review; we appreciate you taking the time to write your comments. In respect of the museum admission prices, they do include free return visits for 12 months from the date of the original visit. In offering this, we hope people will...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tour the chapel where John Wesley preached. See his house and nearby Charles Wesley's house. Beautifully maintained, great tour guides. Be sure to eat lunch in the cafe, great soup and cheese sandwiches...they even have gluten-free desserts! Wow Really great museum that you could linger...More

Thank salsa1942
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

I highly recommend a visit to the New Room. We were there on a Friday which meant we got to attend the weekly Communion worship service, very inspirational with a great sermon. The history found in the chapel in the museum is amazing, especially if...More

1  Thank Carness V
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Very pleasant visit to the premises (only visited the free area, not the museum). Polite attendants, allowing visitors to go round without interfering in any way. Pleasant café and shop.

Thank 9doglover
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

This beautiful building is great for anyone whether you are interested in ecclesiastical history or just need a few moments of peace in the bustling city centre. The staff, mostly volunteers, are very friendly and welcoming but never preachy. When I visited there was a...More

Thank Sydeian
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We almost missed the entrance and were not planning to go in. I am so glad we did. We were greeted at the door by a friendly lady who was most knowledgeable about the history of the museum. We spent ages there and would have...More

1  Thank Tracy-AnnRalphs
Reviewed 10 September 2017

If your a fan of tv episode places it's a pretty cool experience! There are books there to read and a cafe. Nice members of staff. I should bring my nan and parents here as it was a very educational and calm place. All you...More

Thank JadeZ1209473
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

So much information. Lovely knowledgable guides. You need more than one visit so suggest you pay a little extra for a year's pass.

Thank Verity A
Reviewed 31 August 2017

This centre has been very well preserved and the displays are presented in a very up to date way telling a very good story of the life and times of the Wesley family.

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Robert G
1 November 2016|
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Response from NewRoom | Property representative |
Yes, all are welcome to take communion at our service.
Robert G
1 November 2016|
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Response from NewRoom | Property representative |
Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Please check our website for variations during public holidays.