Welcome to the Charterhouse
Coronavirus: We are sorry to announce that, as a precautionary measure, we are closing the Charterhouse to the public until further notice. We are still taking provisional bookings for later in the year – so we still hope to see you soon. For more information please click here.
Visiting our museum, chapel and shop is free of charge.
We highly recommend you combine your visit to the museum with one of our fascinating tours of the site. We have several tours daily, either with one of our professional guides, or a tour with more of an insider perspective led by one of the residents of the almshouse. Please see our Tours page for booking information.
Please note: From 16th December 2019 to May 2020 all our Charterhouse tours will be slightly different while the Great Chamber undergoes a major refurbishment. For the first time we will be including a new focus on the Chapel and revealing how it developed from the monks’ chapterhouse to the chapel of the private mansion, and then expanded to accommodate Sutton’s Brothers and scholars. We will be keeping our visitors updated with developments in the Great Chamber and look forward to revealing it in all its new glory in summer 2020. You can find out more about the planned changes here.
While you are in the area, you may like to explore some of the other interesting historical sites, 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 Historic Farringdon tour includes The Charterhouse, the Museum of the Order of St John, Barts Hospital Museum, Smithfield Market, and the churches of St Barts the Great and St Barts the Less. The tour was created by The Ring, a consortium of cultural organisations clustered around Farringdon station.
We are open from 11.00am to 5.20pm Tuesday to Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
As well as being open to the public to visit, there are also services in the Chapel from Monday Saturdays, Morning Prayer (08.00) and Evening Prayer (17.30) are read from the Book of Common Prayer. Sundays (10.00) there is a service of Holy Communion, with hymns and organ music. Members of the public are welcome to join Brothers at these services, and also to use the Chapel at any time during the day for quiet and prayer. For more information see our Chapel page.
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.
Please note that the historic buildings of the Charterhouse include some uneven surfaces and a cobbled courtyard. We therefore advise visitors to wear sensible footwear and dress appropriately.
There are easy alternative routes for wheelchair users on all stops on the tour.
Seating is available at most of the stops on the tour.
For more information about tours of the Charterhouse please visit the book a tour page.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0203 818 8873 to make an enquiry about group bookings.
Group bookings can be made up to 6 months in advance. The minimum number required for a group booking is 10 people.
Special tour rates apply for groups of 15 or more.
Charterhouse tour £12 & Brothers Charterhouse tour £18
Bookings are subject to a deposit of £50 for Charterhouse tours and £75 for Brother’s tours. Final group numbers and payment is due one month in advance.
The maximum capacity per tour is 20 people. Prices are inclusive of VAT.
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 Standard or Brother’s 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 call us on 0203 818 8873.
You are welcome to take photographs on your visit to the museum and chapel.
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.