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Open Gardens Weekend

A unique opportunity to visit five private gardens, set in the magnificent background of Canterbury Cathedral; from the Archdeaconry’s medieval walled garden with mixed planting of roses, shrubs, grasses and very old mulberry tree to the Deanery’s garden with small orchard and ‘wild’ area, lawns, herbaceous border and vegetable garden to the smaller, but equally enchanting gardens of no 15, 19 and 22 The Precincts.

Also open for visitors will be the herb garden amongst the monastic dormitory ruins. Monastic herb gardens were used as a pharmacy from which the ‘doctor’ of the day gathered his remedies, but the herbs and flowers were also used for brewing, strewing, dyeing, ink-making and freshening the air. The monks saw their gardens as ‘places of refreshment conducive to health through repose and exercise’. It is hoped that the herb garden will offer our visitors enjoyment, inspiration and refreshment too!

The Bastion Chapel, a hidden gem in the precincts’ wall, normally closed to the public, will be open over the weekend to show off the superb craftsmanship of our conservation team as they have just finished an extensive conservation project.

There will also be an opportunity to get up close and personal with birds of prey, see a bee observation hive and purchase honey products, buy plants and refreshments and enjoy the spectacle of classic cars on Green Court.

Garden opening times: Sat 11.00-17.00 hrs, Sun 14.00-17.00 hrs.

Cathedral opening times: Sat 09.00-17.00 hrs, Sun 12.00-14.00 hrs.

Normal precinct charges apply on Saturday and up to 14.00 hrs on Sunday. Donation of £5.00 p.p. (children free) to visit the gardens.

For more information, contact the Visits Office, tel. 01227 762862, email


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