On the borders of Islington and the City of London is a medieval monastery, and if you live in Islington, they’ve started offering tours for the princely sum of £1 per person.
About The CharterhouseAn ancient monastery hidden behind high walls that was shut down by King Henry VIII, sold off, then donated to become an almshouse and school.
The museum is open to the public, and now tours take place regularly through the week - either by tour guides, or you can be shown around by one of the residents of the almshouses which are still providing accommodation some 400 years after they were set up.
The museum is free to visit. If you want to go on a guided tour, those are chargeable, and it's best to book online in advance to ensure you have tickets.
Prices last checked April 2023.Link to The Charterhouse's website
The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
There are guided tours daily at 11am and 2.15pm
Opening hours last checked April 2023.
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. (The nearest Changing Places toilets are at the Barbican Centre)
Large print guides are available in the museum and guide dogs are welcome.
The historic buildings of the Charterhouse include some uneven surfaces and a cobbled courtyard. Tours take place all year round and visit outdoor areas. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
There are easy alternative routes for wheelchair users on all stops on the tour, and they have portable chairs to take with you on the tour should you need one.
Future events at The Charterhouse
This special guided tour will take you on a journey through the Charterhouse's history, all revealed in flickering candlelight.
Thursday, 30th Nov 6pm to 8pm
Frequently asked questions
Are there tours of The Charterhouse?
Yes, tours run throughout the week, and need to be booked in advance. The tours take in most of the grand rooms within the Charterhouse estate.
Is there a museum at the Charterhouse?
Yes, a public museum opened a few years ago and is free to visit.
How long does a tour of the Charterhouse take?
The tours last around 90 minutes, and allow 30 minutes for the museum as well.
What's the nearest railway station to The Charterhouse
The nearest station is Barbican Tube Station which is 0.1 miles away.