Group Visits to The New Room/John Wesley’s Chapel & Charles Wesley’s HouseAn experienced guide will talk to you in the chapel and explain the significance of the New Room as the oldest Methodist building in the world and the work begun by John Wesley in Bristol. You are also welcome to visit the Preachers’ Rooms upstairs, part of the accredited museum. Stewards are also be available to answer questions that you may have.
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 10.
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Rates until April 2017
The New Room:
£5.00 per person
Charles Wesley’s House:
£5.00 per person
Children (17 and under) half price
Please contact the Manager for rates post April 2017 when the new museum and visitor centre will be open.
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 email@example.com
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 is a Grade 1 listed 18th century building. The ground floor of the chapel can be accessed from both the Broadmead and Horsefair entrances via a ramp, although there is no lift provision within the building. There is no parking on the site but there are disabled spaces immediately outside the Horsefair entrance. There are no disabled toilets or baby changing facilities although these are available in the Galleries Shopping Centre which is located immediately opposite the Broadmead entrance. 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.