Explore the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley, pioneering evangelists and founders of the Methodist movement.

Epworth Old Rectory is a Grade I listed house, once home to the Wesley family. The sons of a cleric, John and Charles Wesley spent their formative years here; tours of the house reveal their childhood years and the characters within the large Wesley clan.

A brick and stone construction in Queen Anne style, the rectory was built when its thatch and timber predecessor burned down. The family only narrowly escaped the blaze, with a human chain forming to lift John from an upstairs window just before the roof caved in.

Opened as a museum in 1957, the rectory now displays important artefacts including portraits and letters, and is surrounded by gardens including a Physic Garden, based on John Wesley’s book of home remedies, and a walled garden that hosts fairs and outdoor theatre in the summer.

East Midlands

Epworth Old Rectory

1 Rectory Street, Epworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN9 1HX

01427 872268


Opening times

From 19 May 2021:
Wed, Thu & Sat 11am-3pm

Please note: tickets must be booked in advance, email office@epwortholdrectory.org.uk to book now.

We are following all safety regulations at the Old Rectory. We request all visitors please wear a face mask. Further information is available on our website. Thank you.

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