Greyfriars Garden, beside the river Stour, at the heart of the busy city of Canterbury, is the oldest Franciscan site in the UK, where the first Franciscans to come to this country arrived in 1224. Greyfriars Chapel, which may once have been the friary guest house, is all that is left of the 13th century friary. The ground floor now houses a permanent exhibition. The first floor is a chapel in regular use by the Anglican Franciscans.
A visitor commented "When people came in, the restlessness I had seen in the city had gone and the hard focussed eyes of the tourists had softened."
Opening times: From Easter Monday to the end of September the gardens are generally open 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the chapel is usually open to the public Monday to Saturday from 2–4 p.m.
58 St Peters Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BE, United Kingdom
Grid reference TR 147 580
The entrance to the garden is in Stour Street, next to the Greyfriars' Guest House. Dare to go into what looks like a drive, the notices are not immediately obvious from the road! Greyfriars Chapel is in the building in the middle.
By car: the public car park in Rosemary Lane is within walking distance.
By public transport: Canterbury East and Canterbury West railway stations and the city bus station are about a 10 minutes walk from Greyfriars.
Available by arrangement for prayer groups, pilgrimages and quiet days. Toilet and water available nearby.
Brother Kevin SSF,
6 Eastbridge Hospital
Tel: 01227 479364