Under planning for some years, a new museum is opening near to the Barbican later this month.

The Charterhouse is a walled estate which houses the remains of a 14th century monastery and has rarely been open to the public in its entire history.

Semi-regular tours of the historic buildings within started a few years ago, and now, a new museum will also add to the history of this part of London.

Founded to service the souls of those who died in the Black Death, the monastery survived until the dissolution by King Henry VIII, and also sold off, the new owner later donated the lands to charity and a school, and to this day, it still offers accommodation to worthy poor men.

In addition to the museum and chapel, they will be continuing the tours, which let you see some of the other buildings, including the dining rooms and the massive Elizabethan era halls.

As part of the opening weekend, on the Sunday at 4pm, there will be music in the Great Chamber — which is free and needs to be booked in advance.

The Charterhouse Museum will open its doors on Friday 27 January 2017. Opening hours will be 11am-4.45pm and it’s open every day except Mondays.

Obviously, there’s a museum shop and cafe.

The museum, cafe and Learning Centre will be accessed through Charterhouse Square, which happens to be the site of the medieval plague pit which caused the monastery to be built in the first place.


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  1. Giselle says:

    That’s fantastic news! Thank you very much for making me aware of this, I hadn’t heard and had wanted to visit the Charterhouse for a very long time (I should have booked a tour).

    I can’t wait to go.

  2. ernest king says:

    I know the london chartewrhouse well I delivered the mail there for 9 years.
    its like an oasis in a busy city.
    built by sir walter manny in the 14 century after the first plague to hit london in 1348.
    many aquired land to bury the dead from the plague from barts then a monestry its now charterhouse sq.
    60,000 are buried there.
    and built the monestery so that monks could pray for thetre souls.
    next door to the london charterhouse is barts medical college , which was the site of the monks living quarters.
    dthe charterhouse site is where the layman lived and they supplied the monks with food

  3. Marina Smith says:

    WOW. Looks fantastic! Will try and visit.

  4. C taylor says:

    Thank you for yhr information will put this on my visiting tour list

  5. Alison says:

    Thanks for the great post. I was lucky enough to go on one of the (then) rare tours of the Charterhouse a couple of years ago. It was fascinating, and the tour was excellent. At least at that time, the tours were guided by one of the Brothers who lives there. My guide was great, and it was nice to have the “inside information” from a resident. Do book the tour in addition to visiting the museum: well worth it. The museum etc. did not exist when I was there: I look forward to a return visit!

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