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, the New Room and Methodism.
Address: 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE
Telephone: 0117 9264740
Half-Term Activities at the New Room - February 2016
Please open the link below to find out more about our plans for half-term;
Horsefair Project Update - December 2015
Construction on the Horsefair Project will commence in January 2016 and continue until Spring 2017. In preparation for this work, the Charles Wesley statue has already gone into storage although it will return as it is an integral part of the new development.
Whilst building work is ongoing, there will be 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 will also be closed.
However, please note the New Room chapel will be open throughout the build. Access to the chapel and museum will be through the Broadmead Courtyard although, as construction progresses, there will be days when access is restricted and we will provide as much advance notice of this as we can. In Autumn 2016, the museum will close in order to allow the design team to transform this space into the expanded museum which will also reopen in Spring 2017.
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.
Heritage Lottery Fund Grant Success for the Oldest Methodist Building in the World - and it's in Bristol - February 2015
New Room/HLF Press Release - February 2015
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 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.
Over the years, the New Room has hosted numerous events to mark significant anniversaries and occasions in the respective lives of John and Charles Wesley, the Methodist Church and the city of Bristol.
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