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“Almost feel bad letting people know of this hidden gem!”

Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens
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US$16.09*
and up
45-Minute Punting Tour in Canterbury
Ranked #21 of 110 things to do in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 January 2014

Love the Greyfriars. Tranquil and peaceful (mostly) it's a great place to stop with a sandwich and a drink in the summer, and listen to the flowing river and watch the wildlife. Just keep an out for the opening and closing times.

Thank Canterburyresident
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

Idealic picture book gardens, even in winter. One of the few areas where we didn't encounter hoards of alcholics and dossers!! The chapel is beautiful, even more so in the summer surronded by the wild flowers. Even in the cold, its sheltered enough to stop and eat a take away or drink coffee

Thank Megan H
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

In Canada anything over 100 years old is ancient so when I come across an object or a building that is 800 years old it amazes me that it has withstood the test of time.

Greyfriars is such a building. Greyfriar’s is a Franciscan Friary built in the 1200’s after the first Franciscan monks arrived in England. It is again a working priory after a period of disuse following the Henry VIII decree to dissolve the monasteries. The history of Greyfriar’s and the Francisans is found in an exhibit on the main floor.

Ian, our guide from the Canterbury Punting Company recommended we go and visit after our river cruise. Admission is free but donations are welcome to maintain this small treasure tucked away in the centre of Canterbury.

Thank LeeAnneCanada
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

I liked the place. It was relaxing and left me with a good sense of it having been a successful visit.

Thank augusta p
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

We actually thought that the entrance from Stour Street was a garage leading to someone's private back yard! It was only when we saw some people emerging from a pathway behind bushes, did we realise that this was a public route! But what a lovely little oasis. We nearly missed seeing inside the chapel too, as from the garden on the far side of the river, the building only has a door that is permanently shut. The actual entrance is from the other half of garden, on the nearside bank of the river, and that is not obvious from the main path. But we found the chapel open, and the gentleman inside was only too happy to explain things and answer our questions.
This place is a bit like St Martin's Church, and the Eastbridge Hospital. They are all 'low-key' attractions, yet are small, fascinating bits of history. The joy of visiting Canterbury is finding these atmospheric gems in succession as you wander round.

Thank Francis N
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