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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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A place of peace and quiet

This place reeks of history and tells the story of the Wesleyan religious revival in Bristol... read more

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Liz G
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
poor access

They'e spent lots of money refubishin this place. It has substantially less seats so has fallen on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Derek J
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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
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Reviewed today

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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

Thank you for kind review; it is most appreciated.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Informative and a wonderful oasis of calm in Central Bristol. It was used as the Courthouse in the recent Poldark drama series.

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NewRoom, Director at The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

You are quite correct; the New Room was used for the courthouse scenes in the second series of Poldark. We really enjoyed working with the BBC team and meeting Aidan Turner!

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

The newly refurbished Chapel space is lovely. The foyer area is beautifully designed to complement the existing chapel and the cafe excellent with freshly cooked snacks and cakes.

Thank Sarah I
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NewRoom, Director at The New Room/John Wesley's Chapel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and kind words about the new visitor centre and cafe we opened in 2017.

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Robert G
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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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