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In January 2017 the Charterhouse opened its doors to the public for the first time since its foundation in 1348.

Welcome to the Charterhouse

We are delighted to announce the Charterhouse will reopen for pre-booked tours on 1st June 2021.

Tours will take place each day at 11:00 and 14:15 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. (NB Booking opens on Monday 12th April).

Ensuring the safety of our visitors, residents and staff

In reopening the Charterhouse to visitors, we have in mind your safety and that of the older and vulnerable people who live here. In accordance with government guidance we are reducing the capacity of our tours to enable social distancing. We will be adhering to the rule of 6 for indoor tours (5 guests, 1 guide) and 10 guests on outdoor tours. Masks must be worn indoors unless exempt and hand sanitiser (provided) used on arrival. (Please note we have been accredited with the VisitBritain ‘We’re good to goCOVID-19 Industry standard.)

In what we hope will be a phased re-opening, visits to the museum and shop will initially be limited to visitors on pre-booked tours only until further notice. This will help us manage the number of people on site. The museum and shop will be open to pre-booked visitors for 30 minutes before the tour begins and 30 minutes after it ends.

If you booked a tour in 2020 and are waiting to rebook, you will receive an email from the Charterhouse via Digitickets, our online booking platform, with instructions on how to redeem your ticket. 

Tours

Charterhouse Tour:
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:
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:
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.

House and Garden Tour:
An opportunity to take in the full splendour of the whole site, combining the two main tours described above.

Family Tour:
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.

Find out more about what’s happening at the Charterhouse

Why not subscribe to our newsletter which will have regular updates regarding any new tours or opportunities to visit the site as well as details of the online events we will continue to host: lectures, tours and more. We are asking for payment by donation at this difficult time, as we are currently missing the income from our usual tours, events and venue hire, which our charity depends on.  Please do also visit our online shop.

Opening Hours

Open for pre-booked tours only at 11:00 and 14:15 Tuesday – Saturday.

The museum and shop will be open to pre-booked visitors for 30 minutes before the tour begins and 30 minutes after it ends.

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.

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.

How to find us

The Charterhouse
Charterhouse Square
London
EC1M 6AN

Tel: 0203 818 8873

Please note that Charterhouse School is located in Godalming, Surrey.

Train

The nearest stations are Barbican and Farringdon. Please visit the FAQs page for detailed directions on how to reach the Charterhouse by foot from these stations.

Bus

Buses 4, 56, and 153 stop in front of Barbican station on Aldersgate Street, a five minute walk from Charterhouse Square.

Parking

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

The Chapel is currently open to visitors on pre-booked tours, and also to those who would like to join our regular services. Please see our Chapel page for details.

General accessibility

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.

Tour accessibility

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.

For more information about tours of the Charterhouse please visit the book a tour page.

Group bookings

In accordance with government guidelines we are not able to accommodate group visits at present. We hope to be able to welcome groups in the near future

If you have already paid a deposit for a Group visit, the Charterhouse will be in touch with you by email regarding future opportunities later in the year.

Please contact tours@thecharterhouse.org to make an enquiry about group bookings.

Gift vouchers

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

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.

Contact Us

For further information or to discuss how we can assist you during your visit please contact us on 0203 818 8873 or email tours@thecharterhouse.org.

Find Us Online

Connect with us online by following our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Absolute gem of a building, fantastic history & just a brilliant place. In amongst all the hustle & bustle of the city of London a little bit of tranquility.

(Paul B, Tripadvisor)

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