Canterbury Cathedral opens their private gardens to the public

Canterbury Cathedral are opening their private gardens to the public over the spring bank holiday.

The five private gardens in the historic and picturesque Cathedral Precincts will be open for visitors to walk around and explore.

In addition to the annual open gardens the bank holiday weekend will see a display of classic cars and birds of pray.

Families are encouraged to bring their little ones and the younger members of the family can even plant their own sunflower to take home.

Open Gardens Event Poster

This years Open Garden has become interactive, new for 2018 visitors are encouraged to bring their smart phones to discover 16th century illustrations of the various herbs planted in the Cathedral grounds.

According to the Cathedral website: “The botanical drawings have been catalogued from, the 1597 book, Gerard’s Herbal, one of the first herbal manuals to be written in English. A copy of which is kept in the Cathedral Archives.”

Canterbury Cathedral

The annual event in conjunction with the National Garden Scheme raises money for multiple charities including Canterbury charity L’Arche and Send A Cow.

The Open Gardens Weekend is running on Saturday May 26 from 11am until 5pm and on Sunday May 27 the gardens are open between 2pm and 5pm.