New Room - John Wesley's Chapel

The New Room in Bristol is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world (originally built in 1739) and the cradle of the early Methodist movement.

It was built and used by John 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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Sacred space

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Bristol's Lost City

Bristol's Lost City

  • 1 — 30 November 2018 *on now

Ask most Bristolians where or what was the ‘White City’ and you’ll get a blank look. The 1914 Bristol International Exhibition was an extravaganza that was half trade fair and half theme park. When war broke out the War Office acquired the exhibition site for use as a military barracks. Clive Burlton’s talk and exhibition tell the story of Bristol’s transition from peacetime to wartime in 1914 through the eyes of the White City site.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, but donations are welcome. Spaces for the talk are limited. To book a place, please call 01179264740 or email Kate Rogers


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Group Visits to the New Room

Experienced guides will explain to you the significance of the New Room as the oldest Methodist building in the world, and give you an insight into the origins of Methodism in Britain and the USA. They will also be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.
These tours can be combined with tours of Charles Wesley's House, located nearby.

How to obtain

Please book group visits by telephone, e-mail or in writing to the Manager, allowing at least one month’s notice for confirmation of agreed date for visits to Charles Wesley’s House, or two weeks for visits of the New Room alone.
For group visits, there is a minimum group size of 15.
Prices: The New Room: £4.00 per person
Charles Wesley’s House: £5.00 per person
Combined ticket: £8.00 per person
Children (17 and under) half price
Please contact the Manager for rates if you wish to visit outside normal opening hours (Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm).
We also welcome schools and educational groups and special rates apply.

New Room - John Wesley's Chapel
36 The Horsefair
City of Bristol



0117 926 4740

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