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The Charterhouse

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The perfect festive backdrop for the lead-up to Christmas. Book a tour, come to our Christmas Fair or join us for our special Carol Concert
- The Charterhouse

Time Out Says

Built in 1371, the ex-plague pit became a monastery, mansion and almshouse before opening as a museum in 2017.

Originally a plague pit in 1348, The Charterhouse was built in 1371 to be a Carthusian monastery before becoming a mansion, a boys’ school and an almshouse and then opening as a museum in 2017. It’s still lived in by ‘Brothers’ (although now both male and female), and they will give you guided tours of this magnificent building.

The Charterhouse says
The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. Founded as a medieval monastery of the Carthusian order, the site then became a grand Tudor mansion, a boys’ school, and an almshouse, which it remains to this day.

Take a journey through seven centuries of history around this stunning seven acre site that was hidden for over 660 years behind its high walls in Clerkenwell. Step inside and you can re-live the many significant and famous moments in London’s history to which this ancient site has borne witness.

Now our almshouse residents (known as Brothers) welcome you to share the heritage of these lovely buildings and gardens they call home. Take a guided tour through wonderfully preserved medieval, Tudor, and Jacobean architecture and interiors, walking in the footsteps of silent monks as they processed along the cloister, and of Elizabeth I as she prepared for her coronation in the Great Chamber. This dramatic Chamber has recently regained its original splendour and is now hung with the Charterhouse collection of 17th Century portraits of Governors, the movers and shakers of their time.

As well as daytime tours, we have annual events including our relaxed Open Gardens evenings, our glittering Christmas Fair, and coming up this winter, new evening Candlelit Tours. And it's free to visit our Museum, Chapel and browse around our Shop.


The Charterhouse
Charterhouse Square
Tube: Barbican Bus: 4, 56, and 153
£0 - 20
Opening hours:
Tues-Sat 11am-4.30pm
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