Visit the Charterhouse – a unique and extraordinary discovery in the heart of London

If you know and love the Charterhouse – how would you tell other people about its many attractions?  Here’s what the MyHotelBreak is telling their guests…
When looking for hotel breaks, visitors are also always looking for locations where you can see fun and interesting attractions nearby. For guests choosing hotels in London we highly recommend taking time out and adding the Charterhouse historic site to your visit to the capital city.
Let’s find out more…
Situated between Barbican and Farringdon on the edge of the City, the Charterhouse offers visitors a unique insight into historic London and the role that this breathtaking attraction has played from then to now.  Dating back to 1348, the site has been a monastery, a grand Tudor mansion, a boy’s school and an almshouse which it still is today. Where else can you walk in the footsteps of silent monks, experience the grandeur of the room where Elizabeth I took refuge before being crowned Queen of England, and discover how the most famous football rule originated!
There are so many stories to tell here and up until 2017 this special site was hidden away behind walls – it is only since then that the public has been welcomed through the new elegant entrance and given free access to the new museum and shop, and the Jacobean chapel.
So what should visitors experience?
Tours at The Charterhouse
To get the most out your visit here we really suggest taking a guided tour of your choice. There are many available and you can really get the full insight into the exciting and turbulent history of this seven acre site. What’s also great is there are often family tours available too which make it part of a great day out for you and the kids. Here are some of the tours available:
* Charterhouse tour £15
* Brother’s Charterhouse tour £20
* Open Gardens evening £10
* Architecture tour £20
A Brother’s Charterhouse tour is very popular choice as, guided by one of the almshouse residents, you hear all the stories from the perspective of someone who lives and breathes the world of the Charterhouse.  We really liked this more personal aspect of the tour – you feel you’re walking through living history.
During the warmer months visitors should come along for the Open Garden evenings. You can relax and wonder around the beautiful gardens while enjoying something to eat and drink. The gardens are only rarely opened so this is a special opportunity to experience this wonderful peaceful haven.
The Museum
The carefully curated museum is free to visit, and offers further insight on the figures that lived (and died) here throughout history and then browse in the shop where there is a great range of books, cards and gifts.
In a nutshell..
Experience the life and times of the residents of the Charterhouse from 1348. Delve into its past and really learn how this special piece of London’s heritage has played its part in many major moments of history. Take a guided tour from one of the Brothers and learn about their life here.
There is something for everyone here. If you’re looking to find an attraction that has the wow factor on your visit to London then the Charterhouse is it. Create memories right here at one of London’s finest family friendly attractions – there’s a good reason why it’s #33 on Tripadvisor’s 2060 best things to do in London!

Leave a comment

Keep up-to-date with our monthly newsletter

For the latest news, events and more,
sign up here