John Wesley’s 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. On the top floor of the building, above the chapel, are the Preachers’ Rooms. This is where a brand new interactive museum is located, telling the story of John and Charles Wesley and their life and work in Bristol.
The New Room is open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm all year round. Entry to the chapel is free although charges apply for museum entry. Donations towards the work of the chapel are always welcome.
There’s a lovely café selling homemade cakes, hot and cold lunches, afternoon tea and Fairtrade drinks at reasonable prices, and a shop, which stocks a range of items relating to John & Charles Wesley, the New Room and Methodism. The cafe is open from 10am to 3pm.
Address: 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE
Telephone: 0117 9264740
No flash photography is permitted in the Museum.