The New Room is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm all year round. Entry is free although donations are welcome.
We look forward to welcoming you to the New Room; over 25,000 visitors come every year from all over the world! As well as the chapel, there are Preacher’s rooms upstairs which accommodate our museum. There is also our shop which stocks a range of items relating to John & Charles Wesley and the New Room.
Telephone: 0117 9264740
Oldest Methodist building in the world takes first step towards new future
New Room/HLF press release - July 2013
Candlelight Carol Service on Wednesday 18th December at 1pm
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Step back in time
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.
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There is a short service of Holy Communion in the chapel at 1pm 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.
The New Room has hosted numerous events to mark significant anniversaries, including, most recently, the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Wesley and the 200th Anniversary of the Bill to Abolish the Slave Trade in 2007.
The chapel also hosted the Unchosen Human Trafficking Film Festival in 2008, Celebrating Sanctuary as part of National Refugee Week in 2009, Sheona Beaumont's 'Bristol Through the Lens photography exhibition in 2010, Jane Taylor’s Winter Concerts in both 2010 and 2011, Mark Cazalet's 'Stations of the Cross' art exhibition in 2012 and Bristol's Heritage Buildings; Relics or Legacies? exhibition in 2013.
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