Charterhouse - 27 & 28 July, 17 & 18 August

Overview

Three historic floors of historic storytelling, surrounded by a halo of beautiful green space filled with wildlife. One of Coventry’s most important heritage sites and the centre of Charterhouse Heritage Park.

Charterhouse is always evolving and developing, as a one-of-a-kind living heritage site with something for everyone to enjoy and new, exciting things to discover every time you visit.

Charterhouse will open on  27 & 28 July and 17 & 18 August. Triumph Brewhouse will be back with their popular pop-up bar and cafe and there will be games and activities in the house and garden.

Please note that while work is carried out on the pentice wall in Charterhouse garden, wheelchair access to the garden is limited.

 

 

Opening Times

Charterhouse will be open from 10am to 4pm on

Saturday 27 July

Sunday 28 July

 

Saturday 17 August

Sunday 18 August

  • Guided tour of Charterhouse, 11am.
  • Story-teller, Peggy King, will be here with her tales of monks, stonemasons and Coventrians
  • Archery – limited spaces, book at reception
  • Coventry Mummers will be performing during the day

 

Tickets

Adult ticket

GoCV ticket

Must present GoCV card on arrival

Child ticket

(ages 5 - 17)

Child ticket

(ages 4 and under)

Group rate ticket

(for over 12 people, price per person)

Essential Carer ticket

GoCV child

Must present GoCV card on arrival (ages 5 - 17)

GoCV+

Must present GoCV card on arrival

Tickets give visitors readmission for 12 months, so you can keep coming back again and again to enjoy this special space.

Tickets will be available to buy in-advance, or you can also get them on the door.

Members of Historic Houses can visit Charterhouse free of charge for normal admission – charges apply for special events and tours.

 

A former monastery

The Grade I listed, 14th century building has quite the story to share, and has served many different purposes since it was first founded in 1381. The site began life as a Carthusian monastery, home to a silent order of monks who lived peacefully off the land. The building passed hands as a private house through the following centuries, with notable inhabitants including Robert Dudley, famous favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, and John Whittingham who cultivated the nursery and walled garden that produced exotic fruit for wealthy locals. In more recent years the house has a whole new tale to tell, with tenacious members of the community coming together to save the building from sale and possible demolition.

To find out more about the amazing history of the house, see the story of Charterhouse. 

Opening times

What's on at Charterhouse

Tubular Bells + Dark Side of the Moon
Fri 26 July

Tubular Bells + Dark Side of the Moon

London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum, Fri 26 July | 7pm - 9.30pm

Two all-time classics of British rock music, Mike Oldfield’s “TUBULAR BELLS” and Pink Floyd’s “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON” just celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Now music technology expert Mark Jenkins performs striking new all-synthesizer arrangements of both albums, accompanied by state of the art computer graphic and AI projections and wonderful vocal performances, in the spectacular setting of London Road Cemetery’s Anglican Chapel.

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The Crew – performance by Fabularium
Fri 26 July

The Crew – performance by Fabularium

London Road Cemetery, Anglican Chapel, Fri 26 July | 2pm - 4pm

The Fabularium are very excited to share their new windy tale of wisdom, woe and wonder, set to reignite humans’ relationship with our waters. Come and join ‘The Crew’ on their debut voyage in this open dress rehearsal before in embarks on a national summer tour!

The performance will be at 3pm in the Dell by the Anglican Chapel in London Road Cemetery and before that, from 2pm – 3pm, there will be a craft session in the Anglican Chapel.

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Nature Makers at Charterhouse – summer holiday session
Sat 27 July

Nature Makers at Charterhouse – summer holiday session

Charterhouse, Sat 27 July | 10.30 - 11.30am

Nature Makers Coventry will be running a summer holiday craft and play session at Charterhouse on Sat 27July 10.30 – 11.30am – making nature boats, rafts and watery fun!

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Creating colours – summer holiday session
Fri 2 August

Creating colours – summer holiday session

London Road Cemetery, Anglican Chapel, Fri 2 August | 2pm - 4pm

A journey into colour mixing influenced by the amazing variety of hues and shades you find in nature.

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Storytelling and cyanotypes  – summer holiday session
Fri 9 August

Storytelling and cyanotypes – summer holiday session

London Road Cemetery, Anglican Chapel, Fri 9 August | 2pm - 4pm

Storyteller Peggy King will weave stories and poems  around the crafting session – printing cyanotypes with Ruby Nixon. This is a unique type of photographic print made using sunlight, resulting in stunning blue and white images. In this workshop, you will create personal pieces of art using objects that hold special meaning to you. Peggy’s stories will be about some of the residents of London Road Cemetery and about the craft activities on offer.

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Charterhouse garden tour and pick a bouquet
Sun 28 July

Charterhouse garden tour and pick a bouquet

Charterhouse, Sun 28 July | 11am - 12pm

An exclusive opportunity to tour Charterhouse garden and pick a bouquet with Head Gardener Gianni Antoniazzi.

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Charterhouse guided tours
27 & 28 July, 17 & 18 August

Charterhouse guided tours

Charterhouse, 27 & 28 July, 17 & 18 August | 11am

Charterhouse is opening on  27 & 28 July, 17 & 18 August. Guided tours will take place at 11am on these days.

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National Garden Scheme open days at Charterhouse
16 & 23 August

National Garden Scheme open days at Charterhouse

Charterhouse, 16 & 23 August | 11am - 3pm

Charterhouse gardens will be open through the National Garden Scheme on 16 & 23 August – the gardens were last opened through the scheme by Col Wyley in 1930. Bring a picnic and enjoy the scents and textures in our beautiful outdoor space.

There will also be a guided house tour at 1pm.

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Thinking space – London Road Cemetery
Fri 26 July - Fri 30 August 2024

Thinking space – London Road Cemetery

London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum, Fri 26 July - Fri 30 August 2024 | 2pm – 4pm

On Friday afternoons during the summer  we will be running activities inspired by the inventiveness and creativity of the designer of London Road Cemetery, Joseph Paxton, who also created the gardens at Chatsworth House, the great glasshouse at Crystal Palace and popularised the Cavendish banana! 

In our eclectic programme of activities we promise you challenges, stories, surprises and stuff to make. 

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Kraftwerk – a tribute
Sat 21 September

Kraftwerk – a tribute

London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum, Sat 21 September | 7pm - 9.30pm

KRAFTWERK INVENTED TECHNO-POP – 

And by extension, all of modern dance music.

Now for the 50th anniversary of the band’s international breakthrough album “Autobahn”, music technology expert MARK JENKINS (“Tubular Bells for the Moog Synthesizer”, ”Dark Side of the Moon for the Moog Synthesizer”) presents a striking live solo performance of the band’s hits, experimental music they never play, and music they might have played in some alternate future reality ruled by computer graphics, vocoder vocals and artificial intelligence imagery…

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Dead Good Death Café
Sat 5 Oct

Dead Good Death Café

Anglican Chapel, London Road Cemetery: Paxton's Arboretum, Sat 5 Oct | 10am - 12pm

Come to a safe space where people talk about anything and everything to do with death. By talking openly about death, it helps to remove some of the fear factor, but also help up to open our eyes about choices, different cultural ways of dealing with death, but then ultimately to enhance life.

Everyone welcome regardless of age, religion, non religion, gender or background.

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Education

Now that Charterhouse is open we are busy getting ready to launch our bespoke education programme, coming in 2024.

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Find us

Charterhouse, London Road, Coventry CV1 2JR

By foot
You can find us on foot less than one mile from the city centre, either by walking through London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum and across London Road, or by using the back entrance through the alleyway between 229 and 231 Humber Avenue, CV1 2AQ.

By train
We’re just a 20 minute (1 mile) walk or a short taxi ride from Coventry train station.

By bus
You can jump on the X18 (Stagecoach bus) to Stratford from Stop TS2 near Sainsbury’s in Coventry city centre, arriving on London Road right by the entrance to Charterhouse (nearest stop – Acacia Avenue) in just 10 minutes. The X18 runs every 30 minutes.

Alternatively, you can catch the 3 (National Express Coventry bus) towards Warwickshire Shopping Park from Cross Cheaping (Stop BS6) in Coventry city centre, arriving at Humber Avenue on London Road right by the back entrance to Charterhouse in just 7 minutes. The 3 runs every 15 minutes.

By car
We have a large car park available for Charterhouse visitors just off London Road (A4114). See below for details on parking charges.

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Parking

As a city centre car park, we have had to introduce charges so there is space in our car park for visitors.

Parking is free for visitors to the Charterhouse  when open and if you register on arrival at reception. 

Visitors to Charterhouse please register on arrival at reception.

Other car park users must pay for parking Monday to Sunday between 8am and 9pm. All car park fees support Historic Coventry Trust to care for Coventry’s heritage now and in the future.

Parking charges are:

Up to 1 hourFREE
Up to 2 hours£2.20
Up to 3 hours£3.20
Up to 8 hours£5.20
Up to 13 hours  £8.20

Pay using the RingGo app and pay by credit or debit card, or call 0203 046 0010. The location code is 33643.

There is no need to display a ticket.

Access for all

  • Assistance dogs are welcome in the house
  • Passenger lift to all floors
  • Accessible toilets available on the ground floor
  • Carers get in free
  • Film within the interpretation area has subtitles
  • Café bar – on the ground floor and fully accessible
  • Garden – accessible routes throughout

Accessible parking

The entrance to Charterhouse is a 200m walk from the car park. Please note that a temporary drop-off point is available at the entrance. For further guidance, please contact admin@historiccoventrytrust.org.uk

Wall Paintings
Access to the rooms with wall paintings are down two steps, but full interpretation of the paintings and a replica is available on the second floor accessible by lift.

 

Admission and ticket info

What does this include?

Visitors can enjoy unlimited visits for 12 months from the date of visit.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets are available to purchase online (above). Tickets are also available to buy in-person at Charterhouse. Existing ticket holders with a code to re-visit still need to book to visit again – you will not be charged at checkout/on completion of your booking.

Do I need to book in advance?

It helps if you book in-advance for your ticket, and this will help you gain entry if it is busy. However, you will be able to get a ticket on-the-door if there is capacity. Please note we’d love you to paid by card, as this helps keep our costs down and for security reasons.

Will there be any additional charges?

No, not for normal Charterhouse entry. However, throughout the year there may be some events for which there will be an additional charge. These will be advertised on our website.

Does this include all events at Charterhouse?

No, certain events may be subject to an additional charge and may not be included in your ticket, please check individual events for more details.

Do you offer concessions?

There are discounts for those with a GoCV card, essential carers get in free, as do all under 5s and GoCV+ holders. Every ticket gives 12 months unlimited access. All proceeds from admission go into ensuring a sustainable future for Charterhouse.

What if I only want to visit Charterhouse once? 

Your ticket is valid for one visit or 100! As a charity, a ticket which is valid for 12 months allows us to treat your purchase as a donation.

What is Gift Aid?

Historic Coventry Trust is a charity and so, if you are a UK taxpayer, we’re able to benefit from the UK government’s Gift Aid scheme. By purchasing your ticket and selecting to Gift Aid, you are allowing us to treat your purchase as a donation. This enables us to reclaim the tax on your ticket price at 25p for every £1, at no extra cost to you.

Do I need to buy admission for under-5s?

No. All under 5s go free to Charterhouse

What do i need to show when I visit Charterhouse? What if I lose my ticket?

Your ticket will be issued via email as an e-ticket. You can either print this out and bring it with you or display your e-ticket to a member of staff using your phone or tablet. If you lose your e-ticket, our staff will be able to search for you using the details you provided on purchase. This can be name, email address, post code etc.

Do you accept GoCV cards?

Yes, discounted tickets are available for GoCV card-holders and can be purchased online. Please bring your card with you when you visit.

Do you offer group visits?

Yes. For group tickets, please email us at admin@historiccoventrytrust.org.uk

Free visits for 12 months

VISITORS CAN ENJOY UNLIMITED VISITS FOR 12 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF TICKET PURCHASE.

How do I book a return visit?

You can book online or in-person with the code provided on your ticket.

What ID do I need to bring when I return?

You are required to bring proof of identification such as passport, driving licence, credit or debit card every time you visit the while your ticket is valid. Under 18s are not required to bring ID for entry to Charterhouse.

Can I give my ticket to a friend to use?

No, all tickets are non-transferable, including children’s, that is why we ask you for your personal details on purchase and why we will ask to see some ID on your return visits. If you are unable to provide matching ID, we reserve the right to refuse entry.

How can I renew my ticket at the end of 12 months?

Your initial ticket gives you a code allowing free entry for one year, from date of visit. After this, you’ll need to buy a new ticket. Your ticket will not renew automatically.

Further info

Dogs

  • Dogs on leads are welcome in the house and gardens.
  • Dogs are welcome in specific areas within the café

Children’s buggies

  • Depending on how busy we are we may ask you to leave your buggy in the entrance whilst you go through the house.

Cycling

  • Bike racks are available in the car park

Smoking

  • Charterhouse is a no smoking / no vaping site

Funders

Made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to National Lottery players.

Made possible with Heritage Fund and Coventry City Council logos

 

With special thanks to Coventry City Council, Historic England and numerous trusts and foundations including The Architectural Heritage Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Wolfson Foundation, Foyle Foundation, and Benefact Trust.

Charterhouse Heritage Park

Historic Coventry Trust is working to preserve the landscape around Charterhouse, restoring and actively managing the area as the Charterhouse Heritage Park.

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