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“Tranquil Setting”

Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens
Ranked #5 of 75 things to do in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 23, 2013

A beautiful building that survived the destruction of Abbeys and Monasteries because it looked more like a mill. Used at one time as a prison it still has carvings made by the inmates. Small and doesn't need much time to visit but worth a look around the beautiful and tranquil grounds.

Thank Tom L
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I enjoy the the wild flower patch against the Greyfriar's Chapel. There is some great photo opportunities in this area. The Stour River runs under the chapel.

Thank cindie b
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

only open for a couple of hours in the afternoon but it only needs 20 mins to 'see' it, but why not spend a little extra time soaking up the sun (if you are lucky) here. Free entry, a few rooms to look at, a lovely quiet prayer opportunity in the chapel and a loevly sit by the water.

Thank sally010
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Hidden gem

Greyfriars Chapel is a hidden gem in the heart of Canterbury. Straddling one arm of the Great Stour, it is all that is left of England’s first Franciscan friary, founded in the 13th century. You can find it by leaving the HIgh Street into Stour Street and after a few yards turning right along a signposted footpath through a courtyard. The path soon crosses both arms of the Great Stour and you should turn left between the two bridges. The chapel is open daily, except Sundays, between 2pm and 4pm, from Easter to the end of September. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome. Behind the chapel you will find the Franciscan Gardens, an oasis of calm (except at lunchtime when kids in the neighbouring school are shouting and screaming in their playground). The gardens are open all year from early morning to 5pm in summer or dusk in winter.

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

A gem of a place hidden away on an ait in the river. The public gardens are open at reasonable hours but the chapel has specific opening times. Fantastic quiet green space for contemplation.

2  Thank Mootman
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