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Bevis Marks Synagogue

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Address: Bevis Marks, between Houndsditch and Leadenhall streets, London EC3A 5DQ, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7626 1274
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Sun 10:30 - 12:30
Mon 10:30 - 14:00
Tue 10:30 - 13:00
Wed - Thu 10:30 - 14:00
Fri 10:30 - 13:00
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Opened in 1701, this historic place of worship is the oldest Synagogue...

Opened in 1701, this historic place of worship is the oldest Synagogue still in use in Britain.

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Britain's Oldest Synagogue

Tucked away on a side street, Bevis Marks Synagogue is open for visitors every day but Saturday, but unfortunately, there are tours on only three days (Sunday, Wednesday, Friday... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tucked away on a side street, Bevis Marks Synagogue is open for visitors every day but Saturday, but unfortunately, there are tours on only three days (Sunday, Wednesday, Friday) and we were there on another day. We paid our entrance fee to the guard on duty and went inside. The interior is done in the Sephardic style with the bima... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I had been wanting to visit for 30+ years. Finally we went along to see the oldest synagogue in the UK. It was beautiful but more so when we found out about the history. The fixtures and fittings are wonderful and we enjoyed walking around looking at the tapestries. The general manager was very knowledgable about the history of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The exterior of the 17th century synagogue is unremarkable due to a desire not to draw attention to the fact that it was a Jewish place of worship. The interior has beautiful chandeliers, and the guide gave the history of the synagogue, it's good works and several anecdotes about renowned worshippers eg Disraeli, Lord Mayors of London etc. However the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Before my visit I read that the Synagogue was a little tricky to find so I made sure that I was prepared with the directions from Aldgate tube station. However, I still managed to go wrong ( I blame all the construction work taking place near the station ! ) The entrance is via an iron gate which gives onto... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

When we arrived a bit early, we spoke to the tour guide whom I told I had visited here nearly 50 years ago with my college friend and her family. He said that he had been associated with this Synagogue for nearly 50 years also. We waited for a large tour (from NJ) to arrive along with a few other... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

The synagogue has been used for worship since 1701. Unfortunately, there was no tour at the time of our visit and the guard could not tell us anything about the history. We spent a short time admiring the beautiful interior with its chandeliers and ark. There was a book for sale but it was much too expensive. A small pamphlet... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Check on their web-site when there are guided tours otherwise you''ll miss most of the information and history of this 300-year old synagogue which was missed by the Germand blitz. A smaller and less impressive version of the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam but with a rich history. Close to Aldgate tube station.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Visited as part of a walking tour of Jewish London. Felt it was a privilege to be allowed inside it has hardly changed in its very long history. We were given a very interesting talk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

I visited the synagogue on a Thursday lunchtime. It is the oldest in Britain, being in continuous use since 1701. Located inside a courtyard it is well worth a look. It was larger than I expected and peaceful. There are postcards to buy as photos are not allowed inside. A friendly and polite doorman let me in. I recommend you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Visited this as an addon to a London walk and found it interesting. Completed in 1701 and untouched by the blitz although slap bang in the middle of the east end. They have kept it as was when it was built i.e. with very uncomfortable oak benches plus of course the original chandeliers (which are actually still used occasionally ..with... More 

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