The New Room will reopen on Monday 17th May

Welcoming you back safely

Opening Times as of 17th May:
Monday-Saturday: 11am - 3pm
In addition, the café will also be open from 10am

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. Visitors can arrive on the day without a booking, but priority will be given to those who have reserved a time slot.

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.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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




The New Room has been awarded the We’re Good To Go Industry Standard by Visit England.


Before your visit:

  • Bring a face covering - our staff and volunteers will be wearing face coverings, and we ask all visitors to do the same unless you are seated in the cafe or exempt. This is required by law.
  • Showing symptoms?  We politely request that you do not visit us if you are showing symptoms of Covid-19.
  • We have contactless pay points at all the tills, and encourage you to pay by card.

Test and Trace:

In order to help reduce the risk of a local outbreak of coronavirus, we will be taking contact details for everyone over 16 years old visiting the New Room or asking you to use the NHS Test and Trace app.

In line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, we will keep your details for 21 days, held securely in accordance with GDPR. We will share them with Test and Trace personnel, if asked, in the event of a fellow visitor or team member testing positive for coronavirus.

Hiring the Horsefair Room:
Our Horsefair Room is available to hire for training and education purposes, with social distancing measures in place limiting meeting capacity to 12 people.  For booking enquiries, email