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Event During June 2017
Friday, 30 June at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd Hilary Cooke

Friday, 30 June at 1:20 PM
Lunchtime Concert with Jonathan Price - Organ

Event During July 2017
Thursday, 13 July at 4:00 PM
The New Room is CLOSED to visitors all day today

Wednesday, 26 July at 7:30 PM
Starfire Singers (Methodist Youth Choir from California) at St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol. All donations to the New Room Development Fund.

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New Room Bristol

Tour Group Visits to The New Room/John Wesley’s Chapel & Charles Wesley’s House

An experienced guide provides a talk which explains the significance of the New Room as the oldest Methodist building in the world and the work begun by John and Charles Wesley in Bristol. As part of the guided tour, you also visit the Preachers' Rooms above the chapel where the accredited Museum is located. 

Please book tour group visits by telephone, e-mail or in writing to the Manager, allowing two weeks notice for visits to the New Room and four weeks notice for visits to Charles Wesley’s House.

For tour group visits, there is a minimum group size of 10.
There are also discounted rates for pre-booked groups.
Please click here to contact us or e-mail direct at or telephone 0117 9264740 for more information 

Pre-booked tour groups of 10 people or more 
The New Room Talk, Guided Tour and Museum entry plus Charles Wesley's House - £15 per person
The New Room Talk, Guided Tour and Museum entry - £10 per person 

Pre-booked groups of 10 people or more for the New Room Museum only
Adult - £5/Senior £4/Student £3 per person
Charles Wesley’s House  (visits only available to groups of 10 people or more)

£6 per person

School Visits

If you are a teacher who would like to arrange a class or group visit to the New Room and/or Charles Wesley's House, please contact our Education and Outreach Officer, Mandy Briggs, on 0117 9264740 or email 
The New Room (John Wesley's Chapel): We offer age-appropriate visits and workshops for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 which fit in with the current curriculum. A typical inquiry question might be "Who was John Wesley and why is he an important figure in Bristol"? This visit includes a talk and a tour of the chapel, courtyard and museum, with a 'treasure-hunt' style quiz finding interesting items and discovering facts. Cost: £2 per pupil.
Charles Wesley's House - If your class or group would like to explore local history then take a step back in time at Charles Wesley's House (near the bus station). Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils can learn about the story of Charles Wesley and his very talented family. During a two-hour visit, a typical class of 30 is split into four smaller groups who take part in four 30-minute workshops. 1) Dressing up in 18th century costume and exploring the house 2) learning about life in the 18th century and writing on slates with chalk 3) learning about the kitchen and making lavender bags 4) finding out about the portraits of Charles Wesley's two sons and drawing their own portrait. Cost: £2 per pupil.
Slavery and Abolition Days - John Wesley caused a small riot when he preached against slavery from the pulpit in the New Room. Local merchants sent men to disrupt the service. Undeterred, he continued to support the abolition movement. His last letter before his death was sent to the MP William Wilberforce, supporting his anti-slavery campaign.
We have developed workshops for Key Stages 2 and 3 which explore issues of slavery and abolition in Bristol.
A typical running order over two hours would be:
 - a tour of the chapel and museum and introduction to John and Charles Wesley
 - a 're-enactment' of John Wesley's anti-slavery sermon and the ensuing riot
- short workshops looking at John Wesley's letter to William Wilberforce, a game looking at Wesley's priorities, a storyboard exercise drawing on the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan and how it influenced Wesley, plus a short age-appropriate video exploring child slavery in the Ivory Coast today, with simple role play exploring what it feels like to be a master or a slave. 
We work in partnership with Bristol Cathedral and can offer a day in conjunction with the Cathedral with activities at both sites exploring abolition and slavery. (e.g. two hours at the Cathedral and two hours at the New Room with lunch in between).
We also work in partnership with City Insight buses (formerly City Sightseeing). An open top bus tour exploring Bristol's sites of interest linked to slavery and abolition is available (approx 1 and a half hours, prices available from City Insight) 
We are happy to tailor visits which work for your individual class or group.
Our team is DBS checked and a risk assessment is available.
Other Groups for Young People - if you are a leader of a uniformed organisation, Junior Church group, Sunday School, activity group or any other group for children or young people, please contact Mandy if you would like to bring your group to visit the New Room. Early evening and after-school slots are available. 


The New Room chapel is a Grade 1 listed 18th century building which can be accessed from both the Broadmead and Horsefair entrances. There is a lift in the new visitor centre in the Horsefair Courtyard which provides access to all levels of the new facilities plus the museum on the top level of the chapel. There is no parking on the site but there are disabled spaces immediately outside the Horsefair entrance. There is both a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities in the new visitor centre. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome. There is no induction loop in the chapel. 
The Charles Wesley House is a Grade 2* listed 18th century townhouse. There are a set of steps to access the property through the front door and the heritage rooms are located over five stories which are accessed by an internal staircase. There is no lift provision within the house. There is no parking on site although there are parking bays immediately outside the front of the house. There is no disabled toilet or baby changing facilities. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

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