Welcome to the 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 at present is only accessible from the Broadmead courtyard. 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.
(PLEASE READ BELOW FOR DETAILS ABOUT CLOSURE OF THE PREACHER'S ROOMS AND LIBRARY AND UPDATES ON THE HORSEFAIR PROJECT.)
The New Room is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm all year round. Entry is free although donations are welcome.
The shop stocks a range of items relating to John & Charles Wesley, the New Room and Methodism.
We look forward to welcoming you to the New Room; over 25,000 visitors come every year from all over the world!
Address: 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE
Telephone: 0117 9264740
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Preacher's Rooms and Library closure
There is a short service of Holy Communion in the chapel at 1pm on Fridays throughout the year to which all are welcome. There is also a prayer book in the chapel for visitors to write in during the week.
There is also a regular series of lunchtime concerts during the course of the year; held on Fridays at 1.20pm, immediately after the service. Please check for details of upcoming concerts by visiting the ’Events’ section of this website.
Easter events at the New Room!
‘Elephants Everywhere’ trail! - Saturday 8th April - Saturday 22nd April
Go on an ‘Elephants Everywhere’ trail and discover 40 elephants hidden around Broadmead. Pick up a trail map in the chapel. Once you have found all the elephant’s names come back to the chapel to pick up an Easter treat!
Easter Pop – Up Café - Saturday 8th April to Saturday 22nd April
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, squash and a selection of homemade cakes will be available to buy.
Family craft activity day - Tuesday 11th April (10.30am - 1.30pm)
Good Friday Service - Friday 14th April
Rev Mandy Briggs will be taking our special Good Friday service at 1pm. The chapel will close at 1.30pm after the service.
Family craft activity day - Saturday 15th April (11am - 3pm)
Book launch of children’s book - ‘Gospel’s Story’ - Tuesday 18th April
The launch morning features storytelling at 11am and 12pm & crafts.
‘Elephants Everywhere’ showcase in the chapel- Monday 24th – Saturday 29th April
The New Room is successful in securing Heritage Lottery funding to create a new Visitor Centre: February 2015
Horsefair Project - creating a new Visitor Centre:
Our Heritage Lottery funded 'Horsefair project' will dramatically improve our visitor facilities as we create a new visitor centre which will include - a café, shop, library and archives space, learning space, and brand new museum.
During the building works, there is no access to the New Room via the Horsefair Courtyard and there will be no public toilet facilities available. The side alley which runs alongside the New Room connecting the two courtyards is now also closed.
The New Room chapel will be open throughout the build. Access to the chapel will be through the Broadmead Courtyard
We will post progress updates on this site as well as the New Room Facebook and Twitter pages. If you have any queries, please contact us.
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