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The Charterhouse

London, United Kingdom
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About The Charterhouse
The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. Founded as a medieval monastery of the Carthusian order, the site became a Tudor mansion, a boys’ school, and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. We provide accommodation for over 40 individuals known as ‘Brothers’ who form part of the community alongside staff, private and commercial tenants, and residents of the Infirmary. Our historic and peaceful 7 acre site is an inspiring location for filming and private events. In late January 2017 we opened our doors to the public for the first time in our 660 year history as part of the Revealing the Charterhouse project. Come and discover our fascinating story revealed on our tours, at events and highlighted in our museum. Please note that currently we can only have visitors who have pre-booked on tours. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Nelly-6 wrote a review Jun 2021
England224 contributions117 helpful votes
The guided tours of The Charterhouse really are a wonderful glimpse back through time at Tudor London, and I’d highly recommend the tour to anyone with an interest in the history of London. The tours only began a few years ago and had to be paused due to the pandemic (given the elderly residents). Happily they have recently restarted and I was fortunate enough to be on a tiny tour with just five people in June 2020 (again, due to Covid restrictions). Hopefully they will be able to resume larger tours soon. There are several tours to choose from, I did the House Tour with a professional guide (there are also Brothers tours & tours with the gardener, which I’ll do another time). The tour was highly informative about the complex and fascinating history of the site, but also a chance to have a privileged look behind the scenes at the beautiful courtyard buildings. Very good value at £15 for slightly over 1 hour tour plus access to the chapel and small museum.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Thank you for your very kind review. Very glad you enjoyed your visit!
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Sebastian Forbes wrote a review Aug 2020
Limassol City, Cyprus706 contributions310 helpful votes
Old fashioned building with amazing park and grounds... we often walk through in the evening if the gate is open.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Ian C wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom23969 contributions1390 helpful votes
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One of the joys of exploring London is turning a corner and finding a unique piece of history. One such finds is the Charterhouse which had a varied early history. The site was the location of the cemetery for those who had died in the Black Death of 1348-9, then developed as a Carthusian priory, before becoming a grand family home after the Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries - it is this rebuilding of 1545 that is the core of what we see today. The property was acquired in 1611 by Thomas Sutton from the Earl of Suffolk and Sutton established a hospital and a school here and, on his death, he established an endowment which which was hotly contested by his family, but upheld in the courts. The School, Charterhouse, moved out to Godalming in Surrey in 1872 and the property has had varied uses, but the almshouses remain to this day. There is a model of Charterhouse as you enter the garden. While Charterhouse is still in use today, you can enjoy the garden, the excellent museum and the historic chapel for free and there are guided tours of the main historic buildings and of the gardens. The memorial to Thomas Sutton in the chapel is particularly fine and you will spot carved greyhounds all over the place - taken from his coat of arms. Definitely worth visiting, and the volunteers and exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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mhooperconsults wrote a review Mar 2020
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom44 contributions11 helpful votes
Beautiful place, lovely square in which it is located. (As an incidental bit of tat, for Poirot lovers (I mean the TV series with David Suchet), his "Flat" features in Charterhouse Square.) £20. Tour is normally led by a "Brother", who is NOT a monk, just someone who lives there now. It's basically an almshouse and a care home, and nothing to do with Charterhouse School since 1872. Fox and Anchor (2 mins away) is a pretty good "English Pub" to visit for lunch afterwards.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Paul B wrote a review Mar 2020
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom12 contributions5 helpful votes
Absolute gem of a building, fantastic history & just a brilliant place. In amongst all the hustle & bustle of the city of London a little bit of tranquility. Book the tour for some London history of the last 600 + years.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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