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The Charterhouse

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A Tudor gem in the city

A very interesting history dating back over six hundred years. When it was the original site of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
A fascinating oasis in the centre of London

We took the guided tour (the only way to do it). It is a charming place steeped in history, and the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
London, England
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The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. Founded as a medieval monastery of the Carthusian order, the site became a Tudor mansion, a boys’ school, and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. We provide accommodation for...more
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The Charterhouse Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN, England
+44 20 3818 8873
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I went to a lunchtime Peace of mind event which I found relaxing and peaceful. Nice shop and excellent toilets! History!

Thank John W
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting history dating back over six hundred years. When it was the original site of the Charterhouse School famous alumni include Baden Powell and William Makepeace Thackeray

Thank GLN176
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the guided tour (the only way to do it). It is a charming place steeped in history, and the guide was informative and entertaining. A must see.

2  Thank RedMGB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You must do the tour to be able to go inside. Our guide was incredible- told us the history of the place, pointed out interesting architecture and added fun facts. It's been everything from a monastery, to an all boys school and now a retirement...More

1  Thank NerdNYCTravels
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sadly, I got to the Charterhouse after the last tour of the day. I was given the opportunity to walk through the museum, that explained the intriguing history of this building and the chapel which was a nice respite from my day of walking. The...More

Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took a different set of friends this time. Every time I go here I learn something new. The different guides always offer a different and interesting aspect of the Charterhouse. This time we learned about the distant history of the place and when it...More

Thank CheekyLondon
Reviewed 10 October 2018

I worked around here for years without knowing it is tucked away in the corner by Smithfield market. We had a wonderful tour, conducted by a brilliant guide who brought all the history to life. Furniture, paintings, ceramics - it had it all. It is...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We took the standard tour by booking the night before. It was just over an hour of the fascinating insights into the history and right through to the modern day of an institution that is still running

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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Having visited the gardens of Charterhouse during a National Garden Scheme Open Evening, which was a brilliant evening, we had to go back to visit the little museum, it isn't huge, but well worth visiting and you can also do tours of the building led...More

2  Thank Joanne W
Reviewed 23 September 2018

Set in the middle of a development area of London, to first see The Charterhouse is a surprise. Very well preserved and restored. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining and I learned a lot. As a Methodist, it was good to visit John Wesley's...More

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of an ancient meat market which remains in operation
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some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a
focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough
time wondering through the area's maze of streets and
you might become accustomed to the litany of slinky
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Girl G
5 September 2018|
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Response from Jack S | Property representative |
There is free entry to the Square, the museum and surrounding rooms, including the lovely chapel. Tours of the other parts of the site are accompanied and attract a charge of £10 for the standard tour and £15 for the... More
Girl G
5 September 2018|
Response from Dom P | Reviewed this property |
You must buy a ticket for the Brothers tour, and you can get a discount to buy the tickets online. I am not sure if you do not take the actual brothers tour if it is free. I am not sure I would have went without the tour... More
jackie s
3 September 2018|
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Response from Eric D | Reviewed this property |
Yes the chapel and museum are free without taking the tour, by recommend the Brothers tour for maximum benefit.