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The New Room
36 The Horsefair
Broadmead
Bristol
BS1 3JE

Tel: 0117 9264740


The Grade 1 listed building dates from 1748 when John Wesley rebuilt the original ‘New Room’ created in 1739. That first building had been created to provide ‘a new room’ for the meetings of two religious societies that met in the centre of Bristol. The supportive ‘class system’ so critical to the success of Methodism was created at the New Room in 1742. The New Room became the model for the Foundery in London and the Orphan House in Newcastle - and the three places were the most important centres of his work for most of his life. Charles Wesley made Bristol his home for many years and many of his hymns were first sung at the New Room.
 

 
The Chapel at the New Room 

The Chapel
In 1739 John Wesley was asked by the members of two religious societies in Bristol to create ‘a new room’ where they could meet. The resulting building served many purposes because John encouraged the religious society members to offer food and clothing to the poor, run a school for children, arrange visits to the nearby prison, and help the sick by running a free medical dispensary. Many of the features of early Methodism, including its ‘class system’ (a way of Christians encouraging each other), first appeared at the New Room.

The New Room was too small and not well enough built so, in 1748, it was rebuilt and doubled in size. This included creating a suite of rooms above the main room for use by John Wesley and other preachers. These now house the Museum. The new building was licensed for public worship and so was soon nicknamed ‘John Wesley’s Chapel’, but it remained a multi-uprose building that served the local community in a variety of ways.
 

 
Museum at the New Room 

Museum at the New Room
The Museum at the New Room tells the story of John and Charles Wesley and eighteenth-century Methodism and its relevance today.

Explore 12 interactive rooms which bring to life the work of early Methodism. During your visit you will discover what life was like in Georgian Bristol and how Methodism spread throughout Britain, America and across the rest of the world.

Discover how the New Room played a vital role in providing healthcare and education for those in need and how John Wesley took a stand against slavery. Discover the challenges faced by Wesley in his fight for social justice and be inspired to continue that work today.
 

 
Education and School Visits at the New Room Bristol 
 
Education and School Visits
 
Who was John Wesley?
What did he do in Bristol?
Why is his story important to people all over the world?
Why did his views on slavery cause a riot?

Find out the answers to all these questions and more by booking a visit to the New Room for your class or group. We offer age-appropriate and curriculum-linked tours and workshops for all ages in our new, expanded facilities, which include:

The New Room – 18th century chapel and gallery, the oldest Methodist building in the world and still a working chapel.
 
The Museum - this creative space tells the story of the Wesleys and Methodism with hands-on displays and learning opportunities across 12 rooms.
 
Education Room – a fully equipped room for school groups, including film and Powerpoint facilities. NB this room can also be used as an indoor lunch space if required.
Café
Toilets
Shop
Lift
 

 
Library at the New Room Bristol 
 
Library at the New Room
The Reference Library at the New Room contains over 7,000 books, pamphlets and bound journals of Methodist history, local studies, biographies, and critical studies of John and Charles Wesley and their works.
 

 
Shop at the New Room Bristol 
 
Shop at the New Room
The shop at the New Room has a full range of souvenirs and publications.
 

 
Cafe at the New Room Bristol 
 
Cafe at the New Room
A visit to the New Room is not complete without sampling a drink or a snack from our cafe.

Cafe manager Ewa, assistant cafe manager Niamh and their team offer a delicious range of drinks, cakes and light lunches as well as afternoon teas and daily specials.

There is a commitment to using Fairtrade and organic coffee and tea and other items. The coffee is particular has a good pedigree - and it’s called Grumpy Mule!

Look out for the famous chocolate brownies (as sampled by HRH The Duke of Gloucester!) and the delicious shortbread and pecan pie.

The café caters for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets, and carnivores can be reassured to know that the meat is locally sourced from MJ Dalton’s butchers on Gloucester Road. Ewa is committed to using local firms and suppliers.