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Bevis Marks Synagogue

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Address: Bevis Marks, between Houndsditch and Leadenhall streets, London EC3A 7LH, England
Phone Number:
020 7621 1188
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10:30 - 13:00
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Sun 10:30 - 12:30
Mon 10:30 - 14:00
Tue 10:30 - 13:00
Wed - Thu 10:30 - 14:00
Fri 10:30 - 13:00
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Opened in 1701, this historic place of worship is the oldest Synagogue...

Opened in 1701, this historic place of worship is the oldest Synagogue still in use in Britain.

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Britain's Oldest Synagogue

Tucked away on a side street, Bevis Marks Synagogue is open for visitors every day but Saturday, but unfortunately, there are tours on only three days (Sunday, Wednesday, Friday... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 November 2016
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Atlanta, GA
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful gem of historical , architectural and cultural importance. Considering the history of Europe, it is amazing that this is the oldest synagogue in Europe to hold regular services for over 300 years. Everyone is made to feel very welcome. I highly recommend this place for anyone visiting London. For people wanting to know more about the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A most interesting building tucked away from the main thoroughfare. The excellent guide we had, introduced us to the lives of Jews who arrived with William the Conqueror and explained why the synagogue was built where it is. The complete building and fittings, apart from the addition of an area for the choir, is original from 1701. It consists of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Estbalished in 1703 as a sister building to the Great Synagogue in Amsterdam it has been part and parcel of the development of the "square mile" and further afield for centuries. The inner architecture is stunning though this time of year it isn't warm for obvious reasons. It's wheel chair friendly, visiting is through booking only and for security reasons... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Tucked away on a side street, Bevis Marks Synagogue is open for visitors every day but Saturday, but unfortunately, there are tours on only three days (Sunday, Wednesday, Friday) and we were there on another day. We paid our entrance fee to the guard on duty and went inside. The interior is done in the Sephardic style with the bima... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I had been wanting to visit for 30+ years. Finally we went along to see the oldest synagogue in the UK. It was beautiful but more so when we found out about the history. The fixtures and fittings are wonderful and we enjoyed walking around looking at the tapestries. The general manager was very knowledgable about the history of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The exterior of the 17th century synagogue is unremarkable due to a desire not to draw attention to the fact that it was a Jewish place of worship. The interior has beautiful chandeliers, and the guide gave the history of the synagogue, it's good works and several anecdotes about renowned worshippers eg Disraeli, Lord Mayors of London etc. However the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Before my visit I read that the Synagogue was a little tricky to find so I made sure that I was prepared with the directions from Aldgate tube station. However, I still managed to go wrong ( I blame all the construction work taking place near the station ! ) The entrance is via an iron gate which gives onto... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

When we arrived a bit early, we spoke to the tour guide whom I told I had visited here nearly 50 years ago with my college friend and her family. He said that he had been associated with this Synagogue for nearly 50 years also. We waited for a large tour (from NJ) to arrive along with a few other... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

The synagogue has been used for worship since 1701. Unfortunately, there was no tour at the time of our visit and the guard could not tell us anything about the history. We spent a short time admiring the beautiful interior with its chandeliers and ark. There was a book for sale but it was much too expensive. A small pamphlet... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Check on their web-site when there are guided tours otherwise you''ll miss most of the information and history of this 300-year old synagogue which was missed by the Germand blitz. A smaller and less impressive version of the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam but with a rich history. Close to Aldgate tube station.

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