Last updated: 10 May 2021

Statement on coronavirus from the New Room/John Wesley’s Chapel, Bristol

Following Government guidance the New Room will reopen on Monday 17 May, this includes the chapel, museum, café, library & archive, and Horsefair Room.

Our opening times for the full venue will be Monday-Saturday, 11am-3pm with access to the site from both the Horsefair entrance and the courtyard.

Additionally, we will be opening the café at 10am, with access through the Horsefair entrance.

Please be assured that we have put all the appropriate measures in place to make the New Room as safe as possible and we will be following Government guidelines in respect of hands, face, space and ask that visitors do the same.

Our safety precautions include extra cleaning and sanitising, hand sanitising stations as you enter the building, limiting visitor numbers at any one time, and encouraging contactless payments where possible. To allow for social distancing we have clear queueing areas, signage and floor markings to help customers stay safely-distanced.

In order to manage social distancing around the Museum we are encouraging visitors to reserve a timed entry slot which can be paid for at our Welcome Desk on arrival. You can book your Museum time slot here.

Like many other charities, museums and cultural venues across the UK, the New Room is now in a financially challenged position. As we face uncertain times ahead, we need your support more than ever. If you are able to, please consider donating towards the work of the New Room through PayPal here.


We continue to pray for all those who have been affected by this situation and thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

Statement issued by David Worthington, Director of the New Room/John Wesley’s Chapel on behalf of the trustees and staff –10 May 2021