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The Charterhouse, London

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#81 of 222 in Museums in London
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. A visit to The Charterhouse represents just the start of the adventure when you use our London road trip planning app to plot your vacation.
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  • My friends & I finally decided to visit the Charterhouse which newly opened to the public this year. It is a very small museum and when you don't have the tour, you'll be okay with spending 30min in i...  more »
  • There isn't much to visit but the place is interesting because it has a most remarkable that the bystander distracted for sure he would escape. There is a small museum and a small chapel. Admission is free.
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  • Not a massive history buff but this place was fantastic. Jenny, our tourguide, was absolutely fantastic; entheusiastic, knowledgeable, and helpful. Proper standout, really interesting place. Make sure...  more »
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  • Interesting museum with a lot of history - Elizabeth l and Henry VIII. we only saw the museum room and the chapel - we just missed the guided tour to view the rest of the house. And it's free. Worth a visit.
  • Great historic place with documents meticulously maintained. Martyrs and great men like Wesley as students. Good guidance. Worth visiting. Chapel also.
  • William Blake, if you were working there doing a "menial job" you could experience how badly staff treat you as you only are a temporary worker and if they are foreigners even worse. There are two cows in charge of managing I don't know what, their names are Lara and Marya and they treat temporary/agency workers in a very abusive way
  • The tours are an excellent way to view this historic site which was until very recently difficult to view. My guide was very knowledgable and had excellent presentation skills. The free museum isn't great but it's very difficult to curate a museum for a building, especially when most visitors are likely to be going on a tour of the building itself.
  • Great place full of history. Well worth taking the tour

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