A historic garden attraction on the first Franciscan Settlement in Britain

Escape the bustle of Canterbury city centre and relax in the recently replanted Franciscan Gardens. Inspired by the site’s original use as a Franciscan Friary, discover a hidden gem of symbolic planting, peaceful paths and the beautiful Greyfriars Chapel. Walk in the footsteps of the first Franciscans in England and enjoy this place of contemplation and tranquility beside the burbling Great Stour river.

  • The Greyfriars Chapel with a wild meadow
A historic wall with plants and climbing flowers
Image credit: Geraldine Deeney

Discover Medieval Horticulture

Take a reflective journey through the garden which reinterprets the former monastic way of life and successive horticultural legacies. Take a seat and relax for a moment in the picturesque wildflower meadow, dotted with heritage fruit trees. First planted in 2000, we continue to add new features and planting as the garden begins to grow and mature.

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Take a look at our handy guide to planning your visit to the Franciscan Gardens. To avoid disappointment, booking in advance is recommended for all visits, especially during weekends, outside school term time and Bank Holidays.

Franciscan Gardens Pricing 2022
Adults (aged 18+)£6.00
Children (aged 5-17)Free (max. 4 children per family. Offer is not included with group bookings)
Children (under 5’s)Free
(please bring your supporter card with you to show on entry)
Family (1 adult & up to 3 children)Adult payable & up to 4 children free
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)Two adults payable & up to 4 children free
Essential Carer or Companion
(when accompanying a disabled visitor)

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The Franciscan Gardens have hosted numerous events in its past. From performances of Shakespeare to private functions, poetry readings and outdoor soirees, the Franciscan Gardens are a beautiful venue for special occasions.

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