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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Upcoming Event - 'Hospitality and Sanctuary - a Faith Based Response to Refugees'
We are recruiting for a new Collections Manager!
PR and Marketing Brief - help us launch our new Visitor Centre
We want to work with a Marketing and PR company / individual to help us plan and deliver an effective marketing strategy spanning the next four years. In 2017 our priority is to dramatically raise the profile of the New Room amongst Bristol residents as a cultural, heritage, leisure, community and spiritual venue in the heart of their city and maximise the publicity opportunities the opening of the Visitor Centre will offer us.
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.
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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