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“Peaceful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens

Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens
Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2BD , England
01227 471688
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Ranked #13 of 148 things to do in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We, by chance, arrived at the Chapel on a Wednesday when a short service takes place at 12.30 pm. Sitting on a bench in the sun by the 'wild flower meadow' we were invited to look around the Chapel. The Franciscan Friar was taking the service which we joined. All are invited. His warmth and gentleness gave a real peace and a stillness needed in this busy world. Something not to miss.

Visited August 2014
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“A hidden gem in Canterbury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

known as the secret garden coz it's not easy to find unless u know how. A great place to go see the Franciscan priory. You can sit in the sunshine and read a book or bring a picnic and look at the river.

Visited May 2014
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“An Oasis Of Peace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

These free-to-enter gardens are privately owned by the Eastbridge Hospital and visitors to Eastbridge are invited to visit them. The entrance is just past the Greyfriars Guest House in Stour Street.
Fifty metres or so on the left down the track you will find the Greyfriars Retreat and Chapel at the end of a wildflower meadow. Once a guest house for the Priory it became a private house after the Dissolution (it was once lived in by Richard Lovelace, the Cavalier poet - "Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.") A religious service is held here every Wednesday at noon.
Returning to the track, noting the WWII Grade 2 Listed 'Anderson Shelter' on your right, you go over a river bridge into the formal garden which is surrounded by a wall built in the1560's. At certain times of year, the herbaceous border is a riot of colourful planting. Here you can relax away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city! Enjoy

Visited August 2014
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“Quiet place in the heart of Canterbury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

People seem to be unaware of this most beautiful spot in the centre of Canterbury An ancient Franciscan chapel (services still held there) a wild garden, and no traffic noise! Great for a picnic or just to sit in peace and tranquillity

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Slice of the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

the gardens were delightful , not huge but a little oasis of calm and tranquility. All while immersing your imagination in the past

Visited July 2014
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