This impressive Grade 1 listed house was the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley. Built in 1709, Epworth Old Rectory will transport you back in time to the formative years of these pioneering evangelists.
Join us for a tour of the house, where you can learn about the different characters who made up the Wesley family. Hear about Samuel, the Rector of the parish of St Andrew’s and why he was not liked by the locals. Understand why Susanna earned the title “The Mother of Methodism”. Meet the Wesley children – all ten of them!
…there is more of love and tenderness in the name of mother than in all the complimental titles in the world.Susanna Wesley
Feel free to explore the gardens of Epworth Old Rectory, jampacked with flowers and wildlife. We have created a Physic Garden filled with the plants that John Wesley recommended in his book Primitive Physic.
Also visit our shop, where you can find many books and souvenirs relating to Epworth Old Rectory and Methodism.
If you would like to make more of your time in Epworth then you can explore the town with one of our guides. Through the pre-booked Walk with Wesley you can learn about key sites in Epworth’s history of Methodism.
For more information about making the most of your visit to Epworth Old Rectory please explore our website. Go to our Visit section to find out about our opening times and admission prices. You can also learn more about Groups and Schools visits, the Wesley Trail and Walk with Wesley, and our Quiet Days.
Throughout the year we have a number of special events, including exhibitions, craft fairs, plays, candlelit tours and more.
We look forward to welcoming you to the home of the Wesleys soon.