John Wesley Tour
Follow in John Wesley's footsteps, the Anglican minister and theologian credited with the foundation of Methodism.
Tour highlights can include:
- London, to see John Wesley's house, Chapel and tomb. The house has been refurbished to show day-to-day life in Wesley's time and many of his belongings are on display. Wesley's Chapel, built by Wesley in 1778 as his London base, with Charles Wesley's organ and a memorial to Susanna Wesley, Wesley's wife. See her grave in nearby Bunhill Fields Burial Ground and Wesley's tomb and the grave of one of his sisters in the graveyard behind the chapel.
- The Museum of Methodism, in the crypt of Wesley's Chapel, telling the story of Methodism from the 18th to 21st centuries.
- The 'Aldersgate Flame', the memorial at the location of John Wesley's evangelical conversion in 1738. A bronze sculpture commemorates the event and features text from Wesley's journal describing his conversion experience.
- St Paul’s Cathedral, to see the famous bronze statue, where Wesley worshipped in the chancel and Westminster Abbey with Wesley's memorial.
- Other important London sites include: the site of The Foundry, Wesley's original London chapel; Methodist Central Hall; Finsbury Square, one of his outdoor preaching locations; St Botolph's Church, to see the window depicting Wesley and the plaque in the churchyard; St Bartholomew the Great Church and the last pulpit made available to Wesley in London, after he had been banned from other London churches.
- The beautiful university city of Oxford, where John Wesley studied and formed the Holy Club. Christ Church College, where he was a student and Christ Church Cathedral, where he was ordained deacon. Exeter College, where Wesley’s father was a student. Lincoln College, where he was a Fellow and the Wesley Room. See the first Methodist meeting-house in Oxford in New Inn Hall Street and the plaque commemorating Wesley.
- Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in the heart of Oxford and the Church of St Mary the Virgin, where his sermon on ‘scriptural Christianity’ lead to him severing all connections with the University.
- The slave-trade city of Bristol and the locations of his famous open-air preaching. The New Room, built in 1739 by Wesley and now the oldest Methodist chapel in the world and Charles Wesley's house nearby.
Photographs: Main image: Christ Church College and Cathedral, Oxford ©VisitEngland/Experience Oxfordshire; New Room, John Wesley's Chapel, Bristol; St Paul's Cathedral, London ©London on View.