We are pleased to welcome groups from across the UK and the world to Epworth Old Rectory. Whether you are visiting out of an interest in history, for a fun day out with friends and family, or on a pilgrimage, you are sure to receive a warm welcome.
Groups of any size are welcome at the Old Rectory, although we ask that you please book in advance if your group is larger than ten people.
Groups larger than fifteen people will be divided into smaller groups for the tour of the house. If the group is larger than fifty people they cannot all be in the house at once due to fire regulations. In the latter case we are happy to work with you on alternative arrangements, to ensure all your group experience the Old Rectory.
We recommend at least two hours for your visit so that your group can enjoy all aspects of the house, gardens, exhibition and shop. If you are booking catering and other additional activities then please allow a longer time. Please note, due to current COVID restrictions we are not able to offer catering at this time. (May 2021)
If your group’s first language is not English please provide translators who can interpret the tour for the group. Ideally one translator per fifteen people. Our guides are experienced at working with translators.
For group bookings you are asked to pay a non-refundable deposit two weeks before your visit.
Please see the Information for Groups about group visits. For group bookings please fill in the form below.
Unfortunately we are currently unable to provide catering. (May 2021)
We can offer morning coffee, simple lunches and afternoon tea for groups.
Epworth Old Rectory and Wesley Memorial Methodist Church work together to provide hospitality and catering for groups. Meals can be arranged for groups of up to sixty. Groups of more than twenty-four persons can be catered for at Wesley Memorial, smaller groups will be accommodated in the Old Rectory’s refectory. If your group is larger than sixty please contact us to discuss how best to arrange your catering. Unfortunately, for groups larger than sixty, we cannot provided hot meals.
We ask that you please confirm your catering booking one month in advance.
For more information on catering, including menu options and dietary provisions, please see Information for Groups 2021. If you would like to book catering please fill out the group booking form above. Once we have processed your group booking request we will contact you to enquire whether you would like to book catering.
You can combine a tour of the Old Rectory with a tour of Epworth. Your group will be taken on a Walk with Wesley by an experienced guide, visiting sites such as St Andrew’s Church, Wesley Memorial and the Market Place.
The parish church where Samuel Wesley was Rector is a peaceful place to visit. You can see Samuel’s tomb, as well as the font where a number of Samuel and Susanna’s children were baptised. The church is open most afternoons, but will be closed if there are special events taking place. We recommend contacting their tourism officer if you would like to arrange a group visit.
This stunning Victorian church is open on a daily basis and welcomes all visitors. Built to commemorate the Wesley brothers, you can see John and Charles depicted in the stunning stained-glass window above the Communion Table. If there is a pre-booked event, such as a wedding, then the church will be closed to visitors.
If you would like to book accommodation for your group, then please see our Plan Your Trip page for links to recommended accommodation in the local area.