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Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens

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Address: Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2BD, England
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+44 1227 471688

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Charming and peaceful

Although we weren't able to see the inside of this charming little building, we were very interested just to see it in its lovely situation in a beautiful garden cum field on a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we weren't able to see the inside of this charming little building, we were very interested just to see it in its lovely situation in a beautiful garden cum field on a gorgeous sunny day.

Thank Pilla
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740 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

This is Greyfriars Chapel over the Great Stour river in Greyfriars gardens, a 5 minute walk from Canterbury city centre.

Thank ray r
Castlemaine, Australia
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

We found this a lovely area to relax whilst waiting for a punt ride. The well maintained gardens, with ancient origin dating back to the first Franciscan Monks to settle in the UK are very peaceful although close to the busy main streets of Canterbury. Greyfriars Chapel is built over the River Stour and is picturesque both from the river... More 

Thank Lynne M
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

Visit here at 12.30 on a Wednesday for a beautiful Eucharistic service and a warm welcome from the regular attendees. It is a breathing space from the bustle of the city and a spiritual place to stay a while. Have a chat and a cup of tea afterwards. You will leave feeling much better

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

A lovely place to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Some benches to sit on, but area kept well and extremely clean so we just sat on the grass and enjoyed a drink in the glorious sunshine!

Thank Rebecca M
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

Effectionatly called the 'Secret Garden' by locals its not much of a secret but it certainly is a gorgeous place to have a rest or a picnic. The gardens shut in the evening though to stop the little ballbags with bad parents messing it up

Thank Jonny_Wall
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

The gardens are open to the public daily, they are maintained to a very high standard by volunteers. There are two gardens, a well pruned walled garden and a meadow garden. The entrance to the gardens is located on Stour St and its access is hard to find for those that are looking for an obvious opening. It is simply... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

We were blessed with a lovely day to visit this site. So peaceful, with beautiful flowers - you could almost feel the history there.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Located off Stour Street, the Greyfriars Chapel and Gardens are hidden gems. The Chapel in particular has a quiet that so complements its spare Norman architecture that it exudes a meditativeness that is very moving. A bonus is a remarkable view of the towers of Canterbury Cathedral seen across the field of wild flowers in front of the chapel.

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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Soooo peaceful there. Lovely little building steeped in Franciscan history. Holds holy communion Wednesday at 12.30 with the local 'brothers' often attending. Beautiful gardens and river. Love this place!

1 Thank Michelle T

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