John Wesley's House & The Museum of Methodism
49 City Road
020 7253 2262
020 7608 3825
Step back into Eighteenth Century London with a visit to Wesley's House. Discover the day-to-day running of a small Georgian town house.Built by Wesley, the founder of Methodism, in 1779, he lived here the last eleven winters of his life, when not touring to visit and preach to his Methodist socieites round the country. The house also provided a home for the preachers of the Chapel, their families and servants. The house contains many of John Wesley's belongings, including his electrical machine and his study chair. His small Prayer Room is considered by Methodists all over the world to be the Power House of Methodism. The Chapel was built by John Wesley, and opened on 1 November 1778. Its Georgian lines and many of its features are very attractive and it is the only Methodist Church to feature in Simon Jenkins’s England’s Thousand Best Churches (published 1998). It is the first Methodist Church built specifically for the celebration of Holy communion as well as for preaching services.
Monday to Saturday 10.00a.m. - 4.00pm
Sunday 12.30noon - 1.45pm
Last entry is 30 mins before closing
Closed every Thursday between 12:45 & 1.30pm (for service in chapel), Between Christmas & New Year, Public & Bank Holidays, except Good Friday
Donations are very welcome in helping us to preserve this site and its collections.
Disabled Access: There is ramp access into the Chapel. The Museum of Methodism and disabled toilet is accessible by lift. Access to the ground floor only of John Wesley's House.
Our Museum offers a full range of educational and cultural opportunities to visitors and pilgrims who have come to connect with the beginnings of Methodism. See one of the world's largest collections of Wesleyan ceramics and some of the finest Methodist paintings. There are also some unusual objects to be seen, like the pack of religious playing cards!
Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Medicine, Music, Personalities, Religion, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- Frank O. Salisbury
- John Wesley's Electrical Machine
- Chamber horse
- Charles Wesley's single mannual pipe organ
- John Wesley's teapot
- Herbert Beecroft
Wesley's Chapel Teacher's Pack
The teacher's pack covers Wesley's Chapel, John Wesley's House and the Museum of Methodism. It has been written to help teachers plan educational visits to Wesley's Chapel and to use in support of the National Cirriculum (mainly at Key Stage 2, but also suitable for Key Stage 1).
- Wesley's Chapel & External Education Consultants
- Wesley's Chapel