Bethlem Royal Hospital

9th - 16th Sep 2023 - Bethlem Museum of The Mind, Beckenham, BR3 3BX

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photo of the main hospital building.

Part of Open House Festival 2023

Guided walking tours of the grounds of Bethlem Royal Hospital, taking in the Hospital’s historic Chapel, its beautiful grounds, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, and Bethlem Gallery.



Although Bethlem Royal Hospital is the oldest psychiatric institution with a continous history from 1247 to the present, its move to the south-eastern suburbs of London took place in the early twentieth century, and it is the only surviving example in England of a hospital built according to the continental ‘villa system’. Tours will introduce visitors to the Hospital’s history as well as to its contemporary mental healthcare practice.

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