John Wesley's New Room
John Wesley's New Room
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesArchitectural BuildingsReligious Sites
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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  • grandad
    Bristol, United Kingdom7 contributions
    High tea
    As a family of grandchildren and great grandchildren. I was looking for a cafe to spoil them with afternoon high tea. We found the new room offered it. We booked the afternoon high tea. It was excellent and the customer service very good. We can’t praise them enough. We will be going back Thank you
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 March 2023
  • lover of food
    68 contributions
    Worth a visit cafe free, museum £6 entry
    This really is a little hidden gem. Lovely cafe good food, served quickly., Very interesting little church too. It is an interesting museum upstairs. The problem was that when I visited the museum a lot of the exhibits were not lit up or the light so dimmed it was impossible to read or see the items. They recommend 1-2 hours there, I stayed no more than 15 minutes as lighting was not good. It is £6 concession entry fee but that ticket lasts for a year. I recommend a conducted tour it would make it more interesting.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 March 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,556 contributions
    Historic Location
    Tucked away in Bristol City Centre is John Wesley's New Room. Having done a google search beforehand and looking at maps in the city centre I was able to find this place quite easily. It is really close to the big Primark store. There is a cafe and a gift shop at the entrance to the building and you can pay to have a look around the exhibits. You can also visit the chapel which is quite an amazing and you can imagine many of the Wesley hymns being sung here with gusto. I was very interested in seeing the rooms above the chapel. There is alot of history of the Wesley family and the good works they did and other people they were involved with. Well worth checking out if you are a fan of Christian music and want to know more about history of the early church in the city.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Colhunt
    Cramlington, United Kingdom145 contributions
    Cafe and museum
    A hidden beauty in the middle of the city centre. We initially went in for a light lunch at the lovely cafe but paid to see the upper rooms that explain all about the Wesley brothers and the beginning of Methodism. The downstairs chapel is free to visit but the upper rooms are well worth the entry fee. It took about an hour to go around and we even managed to put the jigsaw together, but it was very informative and we learned a lot
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2023
  • KYJ
    Singapore, Singapore11 contributions
    Definitely worth a visit
    This is a compact but highly informative museum about John and Charles Wesley and the history of the Methodist movement. The museum has just a few rooms but has many interesting info boards and historical artefacts on display and will take more than an hour to go through. The chapel downstairs is also worth a visit to see the fairly unique layout with an upper pulpit overlooking the congregation (from where sermons were preached) and a lower pulpit for scripture readings. A short worship service is held on Fridays at lunchtime and there are also frequent music recitals. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. The bookstore is well stocked and also has a range of interesting old second hand books and maps for sale. The cafe is probably the best one in the vicinity.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
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Jeremy H
Bristol, UK110 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
In the heart of Broadmead (city centre) is a gem of a traditional cafe serving decent coffee, tea etc, toast tea cakes, cakes, soup and home made lunches. The staff are friendly and the facilities are clean.
Written 30 September 2023
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YoohooWales
Llanelli, UK301 contributions
Jul 2023
A quiet chapel at the end of a peaceful garden in the heart of the shopping district. Met by a charming and knowledgable volunteer who gave us a lot of interesting information about John Wesley and the Methodist religion. Worth a brief visit.
Written 20 July 2023
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KYJ
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This is a compact but highly informative museum about John and Charles Wesley and the history of the Methodist movement. The museum has just a few rooms but has many interesting info boards and historical artefacts on display and will take more than an hour to go through. The chapel downstairs is also worth a visit to see the fairly unique layout with an upper pulpit overlooking the congregation (from where sermons were preached) and a lower pulpit for scripture readings. A short worship service is held on Fridays at lunchtime and there are also frequent music recitals. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. The bookstore is well stocked and also has a range of interesting old second hand books and maps for sale. The cafe is probably the best one in the vicinity.
Written 16 July 2023
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Colhunt
Cramlington, UK145 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
A hidden beauty in the middle of the city centre. We initially went in for a light lunch at the lovely cafe but paid to see the upper rooms that explain all about the Wesley brothers and the beginning of Methodism. The downstairs chapel is free to visit but the upper rooms are well worth the entry fee. It took about an hour to go around and we even managed to put the jigsaw together, but it was very informative and we learned a lot
Written 15 April 2023
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,556 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Tucked away in Bristol City Centre is John Wesley's New Room. Having done a google search beforehand and looking at maps in the city centre I was able to find this place quite easily.

It is really close to the big Primark store.

There is a cafe and a gift shop at the entrance to the building and you can pay to have a look around the exhibits. You can also visit the chapel which is quite an amazing and you can imagine many of the Wesley hymns being sung here with gusto.

I was very interested in seeing the rooms above the chapel. There is alot of history of the Wesley family and the good works they did and other people they were involved with.

Well worth checking out if you are a fan of Christian music and want to know more about history of the early church in the city.
Written 10 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

lover of food
68 contributions
Mar 2023
This really is a little hidden gem. Lovely cafe good food, served quickly., Very interesting little church too. It is an interesting museum upstairs. The problem was that when I visited the museum a lot of the exhibits were not lit up or the light so dimmed it was impossible to read or see the items. They recommend 1-2 hours there, I stayed no more than 15 minutes as lighting was not good. It is £6 concession entry fee but that ticket lasts for
a year. I recommend a conducted tour it would make it more interesting.
Written 18 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

grandad
Bristol, UK7 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
As a family of grandchildren and great grandchildren. I was looking for a cafe to spoil them with afternoon high tea.
We found the new room offered it.
We booked the afternoon high tea. It was excellent and the customer service very good. We can’t praise them enough. We will be going back
Thank you
Written 11 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tracey S
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Solo
Had an amazing time the cafe is fantastic the staff are welcoming and friendly all food is home cooked and cakes are home made prices are reasonable a nice quiet retreat away from the hassle and bustle would highly recommend to any one looking for a nice place to relax and there is a great informative museum to look around aswell good for family days out nothing is to much trouble for all staff allways willing to help
Written 14 January 2023
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Ambassador820075
10 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
Nice coffee and cherry gateau served by friendly staff. Clean and well serviced toilets on 1st floor served by a lift. Ideal for disabled such as myself.
Written 7 December 2022
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s00
Isle of Wight, UK379 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
A gratitude place to visit with a super cafe and shop. Food good and drinks excellent.
Reasonably priced too.
Written 7 December 2022
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