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Wesley's Chapel & Leysian Mission, John Wesley's House & Tomb, & the Museum of Methodism

Close to 'the City' of London, Wesley's Chapel was built by John Wesley in 1778 as his London base, and replaced his original London chapel, the Foundery (the site of which is commemorated by a wall plaque just 50m away).

Today, Wesley's Chapel is considered by many as 'The Mother Church of World Methodism' and has a thriving, cosmopolitan congregation. This 'cathedral' of Methodism features Victorian stained glass and a baptismal font dating from 1891. Charles Wesley's organ is in the 'new' Foundery Chapel, while a pulpit and some pews from the 'old' Foundery are on display and a memorial to Susanna Wesley stands just inside the gate. Her grave is to be found in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, opposite the Chapel.

Wesley's house is one of two built on this site a year after the chapel to house John Wesley and his servants, and visiting preachers and their families. The house is not only a rare example of a Georgian townhouse, but inside has been refurbished to show day-to-day life in Wesley's time. Many of John Wesley's belongings are on display and give insights into his travels and his interests, such as the developments in medicine that he used in his ministry.

In the study, visitors can find his personal library collection, where the books bear his signature, and his electricity generator, which he used to treat depression. John Wesley died in this house in 1791 and his tomb, together with the grave of one of his sisters, can be found in the graveyard behind the chapel, which is now a peaceful garden.

The Museum of Methodism (located in the crypt of Wesley's Chapel and refurbished in 2013) tells the story of Methodism from the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries and explores the wide role the movement has played in London and in Britain's social and political history.

Additional visitor information
Access for disabled visitors to house limited to ground floor.
Toilets include disabled and baby changing facilities.
Parking on site for disabled badge holders only (advance booking essential).
Museum shop now also online.
Recitals Tuesdays 1.05pm. Admission free.

Worship services
Sunday–11am Morning Worship, with Holy Communion on 1st Sunday of the month.
Holy Communion at 9.45am on other Sundays.
Wednesday – 12.45pm Holy Communion.
Thursday – 12.45pm Lunchtime service.

The Friends of Wesley's Chapel
Annual membership: UK £20, overseas £30; Joint Annual membership: UK £40, overseas £50; Life membership: UK £500, overseas £600.
For more details contact

Also nearby
John Wesley's London walking tour begins at the Chapel. It includes Bunhill Fields Burial Ground (opposite), and attractions such as the Museum of London, the 'Aldersgate Flame' memorial, Charterhouse and St Paul's Cathedral.


49 City Road
London EC1Y 1AU

Mon–Sat 10am–4pm (check in advance for bank holidays).
Sun 12pm (after service)–2pm.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Please contact the administrator if you intend to visit with a party of six or more to ensure a guide will be available on the day.

Tel: 020 7253 2262

Getting there [TQ328822]
Bus: Wesley's Chapel is situated along several routes – 21, 43, 55, 76, 141, 205, 214, 243, 271.
Tube: Old Street or Moorgate.
Cycle: Cycle rack available in courtyard.

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