Welcome to the Charterhouse
We are delighted to announce the Charterhouse is open for tours and free access to the Museum and Shop.
Tours take place each day at 11:00am and 2:15pm Tuesdays to Saturdays. See the range of tours below, and to see the programme of tours available and to book your visit, please click here.
Please note: as of the 30th November 2021, in accordance with the latest announcement by the Government, we will require all visitors to the Charterhouse to wear a mask, unless they have a reason to be exempt.
(Please note we have been accredited with the VisitBritain ‘We’re good to go‘ COVID-19 Industry standard.)
Visitors are welcome to browse in our museum and shop free of charge without having pre-booked a tour. You will also be able to call in and make bookings in person – including for the same day if there is availability.
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?
Book your tour here.
We are open 10.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday – Saturday.
Two tours run daily at 11.00am and 2.15pm
The museum and shop are open and free to visit during opening times.
Due to the nature of the site as a functioning almshouse, the Charterhouse may occasionally need to change opening times or close at short notice. We will endeavour to always give good notice of this on our homepage.
How to find us
Tel: 0203 818 8873
Please note that Charterhouse School is located in Godalming, Surrey.
Where to eat
There are many cafes and restaurants in the area but we are delighted to say that the local LEON has kindly offered our tour visitors 15% off their food & drink at the local Farringdon branch just two minutes walk away (see map).
More to see in the area
If you are walking in the area, please do take a moment to enjoy Charterhouse Square, and you may like to explore some of the other interesting historical sites nearby, using a tour created by Geo Tourist as part of their Epic England series, which can be listened to if you download their app to your smartphone here.
The Charterhouse is just one of several monastic institutions which dominated the Clerkenwell and Smithfield area during the medieval period. The Monastic Walking Tour includes The Charterhouse, the Museum of the Order of St John, and the churches of St Barts the Great and The Priory and Hospital of St Bartholomew. The monasteries were all closed in the few years between 1536 and 1540 when Henry VIII broke with the Church of Rome but the legacy of these institutions lives on in Clerkenwell and Smithfield in the buildings that have survived and the philanthropic and caring work that is still a major feature of daily life at these landmark sites.
Book your walking tour of Clerkenwell’s Monastic Quarter here with Islington Guided Walks.
The nearest stations are Barbican and Farringdon. From Barbican tube, turn left out of the station, and then left again. You will walk into the south of Charterhouse Square, and the entrance is on the opposite side of the Square. From Farringdon station, walk down Cowcross Street, turn left into Charterhouse Street, then fork left towards Charterhouse Square. Walk past Malmaison Hotel, and our Gatehouse, along the chequered wall and you come to our main entrance.
Buses 4, 56, and 153 stop in front of Barbican station on Aldersgate Street, a five minute walk from Charterhouse Square.
We have a small number of disabled parking spaces for Blue and Orange Badge holders. Please call us in advance to book a space on 020 7490 7738.
There are a limited number of places on the west side of Charterhouse Square. Please see signs as charges apply.
The Chapel is currently open to visitors during Museum opening times, and also to those who would like to join our regular services. Please see our Chapel page for details.
All public areas of the museum including the reception area, learning centre and cloakroom facilities are fully accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. The chapel is also fully accessible for wheelchair users. A wheelchair is available to borrow during your visit.
There are accessible toilet facilities and baby changing facilities in the museum reception area.
Large print guides are available in the museum. We have dedicated resources available for visitors with special educational needs. See here for an example.
Please note that the historic buildings of the Charterhouse include some uneven surfaces and a cobbled courtyard. Tours take place all year round and visit outdoor areas. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
There are easy alternative routes for wheelchair users on all stops on the tour, and we have portable chairs to take with you on the tour should you need one.
For more information about tours of the Charterhouse please visit the book a tour page.
We are now welcoming group bookings once more, with a capacity of 20 people per tour. Do get in touch to see how we can accommodate your group travel plans.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3818 8873 to make an enquiry about group bookings.
Open your loved ones eyes to the hidden world of the Charterhouse by purchasing a tour gift certificate. These are available for guests to attend either a Charterhouse or Brother’s Charterhouse tour and can be redeemed up to one year after purchase. This gift voucher makes an ideal gift for anyone passionate about history and London.
To purchase a gift voucher please click here and choose a tour.
Photography is permitted across the Charterhouse site but we ask visitors to respect the residents’ privacy and not take pictures of people. If you are posting your pictures on social media, please do tag us. You can find our social media accounts linked at the bottom of this webpage.
For further information or to discuss how we can assist you during your visit please contact us on 0203 818 8873 or email email@example.com.
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