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John Wesley's Chapel

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Address: 36 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JE, England
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+44 117 926 4740
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

The New Room in Bristol is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world...

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, are the Preachers' Rooms where the MLA accredited museum is located. This contains a unique collection of papers and artifacts and tells the story of John and Charles Wesley and their life and work in Bristol.

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Hidden gem in the heart of the shopping quarter, with interesting historical connections and information.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hidden gem in the heart of the shopping quarter, with interesting historical connections and information.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife was brought up as a non-conformist so we searched for this beautiful chapel, and were not disappointed. Whatever your views on religion this place is very well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hidden in the main shopping area of Bristol, John Wesley's Chapel is a mandatory visit. Interesting and important history to explore.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

The chapel has a great information point and card selling stand. You are given a good welcome and the museum is opening very soon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I visited the churches in Dublin, they were stunning with their stained glass and extravagance. This chapel was beautiful in its simplicity. The ceiling windows are amazing (make sure you look up) the light coming through them has a special quality. Its so peaceful. Unfortunately the museum was closed and I would of loved a Sunday service here but they... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

The entrance to the chapel is right in the middle of the shopping area. There's a courtyard with benches and some greenery and then the doors to the chapel which is quite tucked away. Incredible that it has survived. The volunteers were very friendly and enthusiastic, entrance is free but donations welcomed. Although the pews are more modern the building... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Beautifully maintained building here. Dedicated team of volunteers here who created a wonderful tour and told the story of John and Charles Wesley. This was a first community of the Methodist Community in Bristol. A lovely experience.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Very informative - we should ensure these locations and the wealth of history that they contain are never allowed to be forgotten.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We came across the entrance to John Wesley's chapel by chance and decided to go in. We were happy that we did! We were greeted at the door by a very pleasant member of staff. She explained to us about the chapel and John Wesley's life. We come from Yorkshire and remember learning about him at school - many years... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We had followed the city maps to the entrance to the Chapel at the back. This was under scaffolding for the new developments happening. We hadn't appreciated there was an entrance off Horsefair. The guide welcomed us as we went in and gave us an overview of the chapel and guided us to what to look at. It gave us... More 

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