Explore the Home of Hymn Writer Charles Wesley

Join a free tour starting from the New Room at 11.30am and 1.30pm

Charles Wesley’s House is opening for free tours on Saturday 14 September. Places are limited so pre-booking is advised. Call 01179264740 to book your free place.

From classical elegance to tasteful interiors, explore the Georgian townhouse of hymn writer Charles Wesley. Gain access to his marital home, not normally open to the public. Knowledgeable room guides, children’s trail and dressing up box available.

Charles Wesley is widely regarded as the world’s greatest hymn writer. He worked in Bristol from 1739 to 1787 and had his family home in Charles Street from 1749 to 1771. Built in 1742, No 4 was possibly built by George Tully, the man responsible for rebuilding the New Room. Visitors today have the opportunity to see six rooms beautifully restored to how they might have been in Charles’ time: the parlour, the music room, the study, the kitchen, and two bedrooms. Within these rooms is told the story of Charles, his wife Sally and their gifted children, one of whom was known as ‘the English Mozart’.

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Please note that this listed building is entered by steps and it has five floors linked by a steep and winding staircase. It has therefore not been possible to create disabled access.

Charles Wesley’s House

This house was the last Bristol home of Charles and Sarah Wesley and their three children, Charles jr, Sarah and Samuel. The family moved to London in 1771. The house is known as the ‘Charles Wesley House and Heritage Centre’. In addition to giving visitors an idea of what an eighteenth century family home might have looked like, there are also plans to have the New Room’s Hymnody Project on display around the house as the ‘Father of the English Hymn’, Charles Wesley lived here. We hope that you enjoy taking this online tour. If you would like to visit the house in person, please contact the New Room.

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