The Charterhouse - Prices, opening hours, news, events and exhibitions

About the The Charterhouse

An ancient monastery hidden behind high walls that was shut down by King Henry VIII, sold off, then donated to become an almshouse and school.

Although rarely opened to the public, a few years ago tours of the buildings started, and now a museum has also opened on the site.

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.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

The Charterhouse,
Charterhouse Square,
Barbican,
London,
EC1M 6AN

Link to The Charterhouse's website

 

The Charterhouse Map

 

Fequently 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 which is 0.1 miles away.


The Charterhouse - Latest News

Tickets Alert: Charterhouse tours by Candlelight
Tickets Alert: Charterhouse tours by Candlelight

A chance to step into a medieval monastery near the Barbican on a Friday evening for a guided tour by flickering candlelight.

See the Charterhouse’s restored Great Chamber
See the Charterhouse’s restored Great Chamber

Just around the corner from the brutalist Barbican estate can be found a medieval monastery, with a recently restored Great Chamber that you can now visit.

London’s Alleys: Charterhouse Mews, EC1
London’s Alleys: Charterhouse Mews, EC1

This is a short covered passage that can be found next to The Charterhouse, a relatively hidden cluster of Tudor buildings that only recently opened to the public with a new museum.

Tours of the Charterhouse, a medieval monastry, resume in June
Tours of the Charterhouse, a medieval monastry, resume in June

The Charterhouse, a seven-acre former monastery hidden behind high walls in Clerkenwell has confirmed that it will be resuming tours from Tuesday 1st June.

London’s last Tudor Great Chamber to be restored
London’s last Tudor Great Chamber to be restored

Hidden behind high walls near the Barbican can be found the last surviving Tudor Great Chamber in London, within the Charterhouse estate.

Museum Meals: The Charterhouse
Museum Meals: The Charterhouse

Sitting outside, but next to the museum, the newish museum inside the ancient Charterhouse on the edge of the city has turned a Georgian home into its new cafe.

Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise
Crossrail discovers a lost river and the Grains of Paradise

A lost river, only recently rediscovered has revealed some fascinating insights into daily life in Tudor London, including the exotic Grains of Paradise.

London’s newest museum remembers plague, persecution and philanthropy
London’s newest museum remembers plague, persecution and philanthropy

One of London’s oldest buildings has gained its youngest museum, based in a building that owes its existence to the Black Death.

A new museum for London opens this month
A new museum for London opens this month

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

New museum opening in central London
New museum opening in central London

Hidden from common sight behind high stone walls on the edge of the City of London lies the Charterhouse, a private historical site that has rarely been open to the public.

Crossrail skeletons confirmed to have died of the Black Death
Crossrail skeletons confirmed to have died of the Black Death

The discovery by Crossrail workers of skeletons near to the Barbican last year have been confirmed as being victims of the Black Death.

Rare public exhibition inside a 400-year old monastery
Rare public exhibition inside a 400-year old monastery

An exhibition has opened that can be looked as either an exhibition worth visiting to learn something, or a chance to go inside a building that has rarely been seen by the general public. Or maybe both?

A look around an Elizabethan Monastery Hidden in Smithfield
A look around an Elizabethan Monastery Hidden in Smithfield

Just on the edge of the City of London sits a little known collection of Elizabethan era buildings. Largely hidden from view by a high wall, and that there is no main road passing its gate house, Charterhouse Square has sat on this location since the era of the Black Death.

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