Enter the Charterhouse, one of historic England's best kept secrets


Areas of London's Charterhouse are now open to the public for the first time, revealing the story of this urban oasis in Clerkenwell.

The Charterhouse reveals the story of historic England dating back to 1348, making it one of the country’s most significant heritage attractions.

The land was used during the Black Death as a burial ground for plague victims. Then in 1371 the Charterhouse was built and a Carthusian monastery flourished.

Following the dissolution of the monasteries it then became a mansion. The royal family even stayed including Queen Elizabeth I and King James I before their respective coronations.

Thomas Sutton bought the Charterhouse in 1611 and established his eponymous foundation. It has since been a boys school, and is now home to a community of ‘Brothers’ - men and women over 60, from various professions, who participate in Charterhouse life.

The Charterhouse will opened to the public for the first time in January 2017, with a free museum, chapel and gardens to explore.

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