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New Room

In the heart Cabot Circus, Bristol's shopping district, unexpectedly lies the world’s oldest Methodist building

  • Heritage
  • Museums
  • Sacred

Today the New Room is considered the ‘cradle of Methodism’, with an international membership of over 75 million.

Built in 1739 as a ‘new room’ for use by religious societies, it became the headquarters of the Methodist movement: founded by John and Charles Wesley whose mission was to bridge the divide between the rich and the poor, and to urge Christians to help the poor, sick, imprisoned and enslaved.

Entry to the chapel is free and every Friday there is Holy Communion service at 1pm where all are welcome.

There is a small charge for the Museum at the New Room, which is well worth the visit to explore the interactive displays and take a look at the 12 rooms where John Wesley and his preachers would have stayed when in Bristol.

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The Membership books were complied between 1783-1786. They list the occupations and addresses of members, as John Wesley insisted on personally checking whether a person’s beliefs and behaviour were appropriate to justify their continued membership.

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Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible across the majority of site
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Disabled on-street parking available outside the Horsefair entrance
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Facilities for deaf and hard of hearing people
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
  • Baby changing facilities
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