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The Charterhouse, London

(4.9/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the history of London at the architectural gem of The 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 The 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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  • I have been to the Charterhouse before it opened as a museum to the public and it's one of the most remarkable sites to see, I visited the newly opened museum recently and while small it is a tasteful...  more »
  • It was just recently open. Really nice to visit. The entry is free although you will not be able to see the most valuable spaces in the complex, those are included in the guided paid tours. I did not ...  more »
  • Awesome to be in a big city like London and still be able to see such an old area. We arrived just before closing and went the little free part. It was nice and interesting but think it had a lot more of a guided tour. Gratisdelen is good about 20% of the area. The man looked through the Windows and I'll definitely go lucky next time. Then you get to more older homes and old farms with nice gardens.
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  • New museum and professional tour of historic buildings make the nearly 800 years of history of this place come alive.
  • Beautiful place, very good venue. Helpful staff.
  • Amazing building and architecture and the brothers are lovely people
  • Tours take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and every other Saturday and cost £10 per person. Tours  are led by the Brothers of the Charterhouse, and start at 2.15pm and last approximately an hour and a half.
  • great location, good service. No wifis though, but sure you can live without it for a while