Tours

Book a guided tour taking you through seven centuries of extraordinary hidden London history.

Charterhouse Tour (60 mins):
Join a professional guide to discover the evocative remnants of the medieval monastery and the courtyards of the opulent Tudor mansion. Our tours cast new light on well-known stories from British history and introduce our visitors to the unique heritage of the historic Charterhouse – living the nation’s history since 1348.

Brother’s Tour (up to 90 mins):
Discover Thomas Sutton’s charity and life at the Charterhouse today in these historic surroundings. These tours are given from the perspective of each individual Brother – no two tours are the same. They provide an in-depth look at the long history of the site and the lifestyle of the Brothers through the centuries and are a unique opportunity to learn more about the nuances of this fascinating historical gem hidden in the heart of London.

Garden Tour (60 mins):
Led by a gardener and a Brother, this is a rare opportunity to enter the enchanting secret gardens of the Charterhouse. Hidden away for more than 650 years, the Charterhouse gardens are now revealed in all their glory – an oasis of calm and great beauty where a collection of courtyard gardens gradually unfold, cleverly reflecting different moods and providing colour and interest throughout the seasons. (Spring and summer only)

House and Garden Tour (up to 120 mins):
An opportunity to take in the full splendour of the whole site, combining the two main tours described above. (Spring and summer only)

Family Tour (45 mins):
Join us on a journey through the Charterhouse as we look for Thomas Sutton’s missing Talbots. Discover medieval monks, regal royals, terrible Tudors and naughty schoolboys as we search high and low for cuddly, teddy Talbots. Can you help us find them all?

Art and Historic Interiors Tour (75 mins)
A closer and more detailed look at our historic room design and unique artworks collection including our wonderful Flemish tapestry collection, which is not included on any other tour.

The Charterhouse by Candlelight (60 mins)
A chance to experience the beautiful buildings lit by candlelight – discover the treasures of the Charterhouse in the early evening with a glass of wine. (October to March only)

British Sign Language Tour (60 Mins)

A British Sign Language tour of the Charterhouse led by our volunteer, Deaf BSL Guide, exclusively for Deaf and hard of hearing visitors, highlighting key features of the Charterhouse and bringing to life its 600 years of history, using BSL.

Book your tour here.

 

We very much welcome Group Bookings, with a capacity of 20 people per tour (when there are more of you we can arrange to split into two tours).  Do get in touch to see how we can accommodate your group travel plans.

Did you know you can now order home-made refreshments for a just a small extra cost per person (prices inclusive of VAT), this includes FREE exclusive hire of our Portal Trust Learning Centre! (Usual cost £250+VAT per hour)

Please fill out our online Group booking form and we will get back to you shortly. You can also email tours@thecharterhouse.org or call 020 3818 8873 to make an enquiry about group bookings.

Group booking form

Min. 10 people, max. 20 people per tour. If your group is larger than 20 people, please state the estimated number, as we may be able to run two tours for you. 
Final numbers must be confirmed one month before your visit.

Cost per person (Inclusive of VAT)
Brother’s Tour: £18
Charterhouse Tour: £12
Art and Historic Interiors Tour: £18
Garden Tour: £18
House and Garden Tour: £27

Terms and Conditions

  • We will require a holding deposit of £60 (Charterhouse Tours) or £90 (Brother’s, Garden, Art and Historic Interiors Tours) or £120 (House and Garden Tours) to confirm your booking. This is payable by card, BACS, or cheque. All prices inclusive of VAT.
  • The total cost of your visit, based on final numbers of visitors and any refreshments requests, will be agreed one month in advance of your visit. This is to prevent loss of income from last-minute dropouts.
  • The balance of payment – payable by card, BACS, or cheque – will be due one month before your visit, except in exceptional circumstances as agreed with the Charterhouse. The holding deposit will be deducted from your final balance.
  • The booking will include exclusive free private hire of the Learning Centre which usually costs £250+VAT per hour.
  • Please make cheques out to ‘Carthusia Ltd’ and post to The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AN.
  • Once the final balance has been confirmed and the final invoice has been issued, we cannot reduce or amend the final balance or numbers due to last minute group drop-outs, so the full amount will be expected to be paid.

Cancellation Policy

  • The Charterhouse operates a no refunds policy on tour deposits and tour bookings if the visit is cancelled by the customer.
  • If the event is cancelled by the Charterhouse the customer is entitled to a full refund by the original payment method.
  • In the event of a group postponing their visit, any deposit will be retained by the Charterhouse and applied to any rearranged date.

A quiet tour through centuries of tumultous history. The tour was thoroughly enjoyable and the guide was was superb.

(William T, Tripadvisor)

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