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The Charterhouse, London

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History Museum
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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  • Read about this place in a book about the new crossrail so decided to take a tour. Easy to book online and easy to find from Barbican station. So much history in such a small area. Our tour guide, Joe...  more »
  • Group of buildings close to barbican station. That date back to medieval times it started life as priory but has spent most of its life as an education establishment first as charterhouse school now S...  more »
  • Decided to give this hidden gem a visit so booked onto a tour. The Charterhouse itself is easy to find and in close proximity to Farringdon Station. We arrived early and were able to see round the sma...  more »
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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