The Charterhouse

The Charterhouse. Image courtesy of the Charterhouse.
Visit this 14th-century monastery, almshouse and former school in the City of London.


A hidden jewel in the heart of London, stands in quiet Tudor splendour beside its modern neighbour, The Barbican. It was founded as a Carthusian Monastery in 1371 by Sir Walter de Manny, a friend of the Black Prince. Following this the property came into aristocratic ownership.

Thomas Sutton bought the Charterhouse in 1611 and endowed it as a school and almshouse. It remains an almshouse to this day, home to 43 single elderly men and women who all have their own accommodation. There is free admission to the museum and chapel, and tours which highlight the Royal connection, and include the Great Chamber, the Great Hall, the Norfolk Cloisters and the Chapel.

Prices and opening times

General admission Free
Tour ticket £12.00 to £20.00 per ticket

Opening Times

Open from 11am to 5.20pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Free admission to museum, shop and chapel. Visits to the rest of the buildings by tour only and must be booked in advance. Please check the website for further details and booking.

Venue Details & Map

The Charterhouse

Charterhouse Square
+44 (0)20 7253 9503
[email protected]
Public transport:
Tube/Rail: Barbican;Tube/Rail: Waterloo then bus 4

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