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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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Thoroughly refurbished/upgraded

Now a museum to the origins of the Methodists - where John Wesley built his first meeting place in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Arkle66
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Wrexham
Calm and beautiful

Visited recently. Amazingly well restored. Shining and lovely. The attached Museum is quite... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
shakirayork
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York, 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Now a museum to the origins of the Methodists - where John Wesley built his first meeting place in the early 1700's. The place has been upgraded with a nice cafe, bookshop and toilets. The museum is interactive and full of interesting information with audio...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited recently. Amazingly well restored. Shining and lovely. The attached Museum is quite amazing, dealing with nearly everything about Wesley and his message. A choir was practicing which seemed appropriate. Only downside. Attached cafe where the noise cascades in with force because of its high...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place reeks of history and tells the story of the Wesleyan religious revival in Bristol. Wesley preached at Hanham Mount to rough miners and nobility alike. Great care has been taken to restore the chapel to its original period style.

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NewRoom, Director at The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

They'e spent lots of money refubishin this place. It has substantially less seats so has fallen on hard times. BUT they seemingly can't be bothered with disabled people. The steps up the front have no bannister nor ramp.More

Thank Derek J
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NewRoom, Director at The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hello Derek, I'm surprised by your comments as I don't recognise them in relation to the New Room; are you reviewing the correct attraction? Please be assured that we worked closely with the city council's disability group during the planning of the new visitor centre...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

The museum is a must for those interested in the history of Bristol as well as those keen on the history of the Christian faith. The museum is nicely laid out in chronological order along with a few artefacts. There are plenty of the wise...More

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NewRoom, Director at The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Thank you for kind review; it is most appreciated.

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

This is an amazing gem hidden in the middle of the shopping quarter of Bristol. The world's first Methodist chapel, a quiet place to visit but with a superb modern, interactive museum and relaxed, friendly cafe. It's worth making a day of it to fully...More

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NewRoom, Director at The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Thank you for your kind review; it is most appreciated.

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

The New Room/Chapel is truly a must see for people who love history. I learned so much from this museum and it is cheap to get into, considering the amount of knowledge I came away with The staff were helpful, the exhibitions included many interactive...More

Thank Angie C
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NewRoom, Director at The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2018

We appreciate you taking the time to write your review and so pleased you consider us a 'must see'. Thank you Angie. David Worthington

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Very interesting museum and lovely cafe. I am not a Christian and still found it to be a worthwhile trip and thought the story of the methodists was inspirational, I also learnt a lot about Bristol.

Thank Claire M
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NewRoom, Director at The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit; we value your comments and are pleased to read how you found it inspirational. David Worthington

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

I was really surprised when I visited the John Wesley chapel as previously the refreshments were served in the actual chapel and customers sat on the pews. There is now a lovely cafe that has been built on. The food was lovely and fresh. I...More

Thank Susan R
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NewRoom, Director at The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thank you for your kind words; they are greatly appreciated. David Worthington

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

In the middle of Bristol's shopping quarter you will find this Methodist Chapel, museum and coffee shop. The chapel is a reflective place but if like me you were bought up going to one not too dissimilar it brought back many memories. The interactive museum...More

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NewRoom, Director at The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thanks for your review; we are grateful for your kind words and so pleased to read that you had a positive experience. David Worthington

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Yes, all are welcome to take communion at our service.
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Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Please check our website for variations during public holidays.
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