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We look forward to welcoming you on a tour of the Charterhouse.

Since 1611 the Charterhouse has been a home to a community of Brothers. For this reason, access to the historic site is by guided tour only. Please see below for further information.

To book online please click here

Alternatively please phone 0203 818 8873 or email us on tours@thecharterhouse.org 

Please note that some tours will not be available due to private functions.

 

Brother’s tour

Come and discover more about the Charterhouse with a behind the scenes tour led by one of the resident Brothers.  These tours are given from the perspective of each individual Brother and therefore 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.

Tours cost £15 per person and last up to two hours.

Tours take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2.15pm.

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Brother’s tours are also available to be conducted in French for pre-booked groups of up to 25 guests. Please contact the Visitor Hosts at tours@thecharterhouse.org or 020 3818 8873 for more information on how to book.

Standard tour

Join us for a professional guide led tour to see the highlights of the Charterhouse, taking in the Great Hall where the Brothers sit together to eat their meals, the Great Chamber where Queen Elizabeth I held court during the first days of her reign, Wash-house Court associated with the medieval monks of the Charterhouse and Master’s Court which reveals the opulence of Lord North’s Tudor mansion. Our expert guides will explain the history of the site and pull out some highlights from the collection.

Tours last 55 minutes and cost £10 per person.

Tours take place Tuesday to Saturday at 11.30am, 12:00pm and 2.00pm and on Sundays at 2:00pm and 3:15pm

 

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Crossrail and the Charterhouse tour

From the Black Death to the founding of a Carthusian monastery to London’s newest railway, discover the secrets that lie behind, or rather underneath, the Charterhouse. As Crossrail tunnelled its way across London, the remains of a 14th century plague pit were unearthed. Following on from her series of SOLD OUT walking tours for the Museum of London in summer 2017, join London Town Tours guide Julie Chandler to find out about the tunnelling, station design, the trains, the archaeology, and how Crossrail impacted life at Charterhouse on this unique tour.

Tours last for 90 minutes and cost £20 per person.

Please note that this is an external walk. We therefore advise visitors to wear sensible footwear and dress appropriately.

Due to the popularity of the Crossrail and the Charterhouse tour, if you need to amend or cancel your tour please let us know a minimum of 5 days before. We will be unable to refund or reallocate tickets with less than 5 days notice.

 

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Garden tour

Join the gardening team for a rare opportunity to enter our enchanting and secret gardens, created by Head Gardener Claire Davies. Each season brings a whole new array of colours and contrasts, and the planting has been beautifully designed both to delight and to enhance the peace and tranquillity of this very special oasis on the edge of the City.  Whenever you come there will always be something new and inspiring to see.

The next garden tours are Thursday 12th July, Thursday 2nd August, and Thursday 6th September from 10.45 to 11.45am. Tickets cost £20 per person.

Due to the popularity of the Garden tours, if you need to amend or cancel your tour, please let us know a minimum of 5 days before. We will be unable to refund or reallocate tickets with less than 5 days notice.

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Group bookings

Please contact tours@thecharterhouse.org or call us on 0203 818 8873 to make an enquiry about group bookings.

Group bookings (minimum of 10 people) are subject to a deposit of £50 for standard tours and £75 for Brother’s tours. Attendance must be confirmed one month in advance.

The maximum capacity per tour is 20 people. Prices are inclusive of VAT.

Gift voucher

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 they 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 020 3818 8873.

Tour accessibility

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 to all stops on the tour except for the Norfolk Cloister, which, due to the building work not yet being completed, has limited accessibility via a doorway with two steps down.

Seating is available at most of the stops on the tour.