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Learn about the history of London at the architectural gem of Charterhouse, a former Carthusian priory turned private mansion. Founded by Catholic monks in 1371 to bury victims of the plague, the complex fell victim to Henry VIII's brutal nationalization policy, which in 1537 dissolved all monasteries. In the 17th century, it converted into an almshouse. Today, the site provides an oasis of calm in the midst of the busy city. Take a self-guided tour of ornately decorated rooms, the chapel with elaborate wood carvings and a great hall, the old library, the cloister, and the meticulously kept courtyard. To take advantage of guided tours every second Saturday, book in advance. To visit Charterhouse on your holiday in London, and find out what else London has to offer, use our London family vacation planner.
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Unfortunately due to building works and closed off roads, this was extremely difficult to get into. However once inside the tour by brother Stephen was excellent. Loads of history.
Our group from GB Tours were given a guided tour by the wonderful Stephen a Brother of The Charterhouse it was an interesting informative and very entertaining tour. This really is a hidden gem in the... read more »
This place is a 5-10 minute walk from Farringdon train station, up the road from Smithfield market. You can do a guided tour every second Saturday at 2.15pm, the tour guide is a Brother of the Charter... read more »
great location, good service. No wifis though, but sure you can live without it for a while
Attended an evening function. Lovely buildings, great food.
I've been visiting this wonderful secret for over 32 years and I never tire of it. It really is a magical place. It is not a tourist attraction as such in that it is a working home and an abode for pensioners. But, historically speaking, it is London's only surviving Tudor town house located a stone's throw from St Paul's Cathedral. Parts of it date back to an original monastery that was established here in the late 1300's and once you've stepped inside the 21st century really does fall away and you get the distinct impression you've slipped back in time. I really can't give The Charterhouse a glowing enough review, just go there, you won't be disappointed! One thing worth mentioning is that, if your click to read the reviews from around the web, and read about DJ's and "partying till the wee small hours" you're actually reading about a nearby bar not the actual Charterhouse itself where the pensioners, at least not to my knowledge, don't party till the wee small hours!
A hidden gem. I can't comment on the normal visitor experience (a guided tour, at set times) as I went with a friend to the evening service in the chapel, and then one of the residents kindly showed us around.
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