Open Garden Day | Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral is opening its secret gardens to the public for one day this summer.  Hidden behind the Cathedral are 3 acres of gardens. These are usually closed to the public but on the 8th June the gardens will be opened to ticket holders as part of a project to increase access to this beautiful space.

The Open Day is on the 8th June between 10:00 – 15:00. Entry to the gardens will be via the King’s Orchard Gates. Tickets will cost £8 for adults with under 18s going free. Tickets can be purchased through the Cathedral website. Tickets are limited so advance booking is recommended.

All profits will go towards supporting Rochester Cathedral.

About the Gardens

The Cathedral Gardens and Orchard were once part of the old Priory of St Andrews. Over the past few years work has been underway to enhance and improve the gardens to allow them to be used more.

Many areas of the garden have been planted to reference the Cathedral’s long history. An Infirmary herb garden full of herbs which monks may have used to cure an array of ailments has been planted. A small vineyard inspired by references to the monks at the medieval Cathedral producing fine wines. A newly planted rose garden pays tribute to a Victorian Dean of the Cathedral, Samuel Reynolds Hole who was famous for his knowledge and expertise for growing roses.

Visitors to the gardens will also be able to see the work which has been done to improve the biodiversity of this urban space. Beehives have been installed increasing pollinators in the grounds. A pond has been created in the fruit orchard attracting more wildlife including dragonflies. Wildflower meadows and trees provide space for wildlife to flourish.

The long-term goal for this space is to open it up to more community groups. The hope is to use the gardens for projects for mental health, well-being, prayer and spiritual growth.

Dean Philip Hesketh is delighted to have this opportunity to open up the garden; “We are really excited about the new venture and for the first time allow public access to the hidden gardens.”

Admission is via the King's Orchard gate.

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About the Event

Timeslots are for entrance only, visitors are welcome to stay longer.

The ground is uneven in the garden and this event will take place in all weather conditions. Please dress accordingly.

The nearest toilets are the public toilets opposite the Corn Exchange on Rochester High Street.

There may be opportunities to purchase refreshments or merchandise. Facilities to pay with card may be limited so please do bring cash.

There is no parking for this event, please use the car parks for Rochester High Street.

Photography will take place during this event.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Last Admission 14:30