|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:
- The only way with step-free access is along the path from the West Smithfield square underneath the Elizabethan Gatehouse. There are only very minor changes in level on the way into the church this way.
- The path through the Churchyard from Cloth Fair has a significant step up into the churchyard from Cloth Fair and a further small step up beyond that within the Churchyard itself. There is then a set of relatively steep steps down into the pathway from West Smithfield square. Please note, these steps do not have a handrail. The path through the Churchyard is therefore not suitable for anybody who would find any of these steps difficult to manage.
- On some occasions, we open the doors of the North Porch of the church. These also provide access from Cloth Fair. However, immediately behind the doors are some very steep steps down to the floor level of the church (which is at the medieval level, quite a way below that of modern Cloth Fair). There are, however, handrails on these steps. Nevertheless, this access route would not be suitable for anybody who might have difficulties with steep steps.
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.
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.
You are most welcome to use the Cloister Café without having to pay any entrance fee. The door to the Cloister is on the right when you come into the church. Please just tell the doorkeeper you want to go straight to the Café. If you later decide you would also like to visit the church, you can always go back to the doorkeeper and make the appropriate payment.
Here is a list of our charges:
|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)|