Opening Hours, Accessibility, Admission Charges

Usual Opening Hours
Main Church Building:
Monday to Friday (from 14th Feb–10th Nov): 08:30 – 17:00
Monday to Friday (from 11th Nov–13th Feb): 08:30 – 16:00
Saturday (all year): 10:30 – 16:00
Sunday (all year): 08:30 – 20:00
Please check the diary on the home page for variations to this pattern by clicking this link
Details about the Cloister Café can be found by following this link this link

Access to the Church

There are three main ways into the church:

Step-free access to the Church is therefore only along the path that leads to the West Door from West Smithfield square under the Elizabethan Gatehouse.

Tourist visits and guided party visits are always very welcome except when major services or similar events are going on in the main part of the church. While services are going on in the Lady Chapel, the main part of the church can be visited, but we ask visitors then to be especially quiet, so as not to disturb those attending the service.

Sometimes the church is also used for events such as special services, concert rehearsals, filming, recording or other activities – occasionally at short notice – and for these the church may sometimes have to be closed to visitors. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause, but it is important that this wonderful building is available to a wide spectrum of the community alongside our personal visitors. Information about any such restrictions is always posted on the home page of the website in the weekly diary section. You can also contact the Parish Office (click this link for details) if you would like to speak to someone about this.

Admission Charges

There is a charge for tourist visits to St Bartholomew's. The money raised from this is used for the maintenance of the building, which is very expensive and is a constant concern to us. We want to keep this place usable by everyone.

However, there is no charge at any point for those coming solely for prayer and private devotion, for which the Chapel of the Holy Icon of the Mother of God is set aside. Please just tell the doorkeeper if you wish to come in for this purpose.

Here is a list of our charges:
Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £4.50
Pre-booked Groups: £4.50
Educational Groups: Leader free & students at £3.50 each if pre-booked
and if a letter from the institution is provided
to confirm it is a course-related visit
Family Ticket: £12.00 (2 adults & 1-3 children)
Adult Season Ticket: £36.00 (for one year)
Photography: £1.50
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