As you are aware, we have entered 2024 with extensive and urgent repairs needed to both Eastbridge Hospital and Franciscan Gardens, forcing a closure of both sites while these works are carried out.

The Winter weather has delayed the works to the Gardens River wall considerably, unfortunately resulting in a much later reopening date than previously hoped.

For Eastbridge Hospital, an infestation of Death Watch Beetle in the Upper Chapel along with the repair of one of the walls and urgent Refectory roof repairs has further delayed any foreseeable reopening. Eastbridge will not open until mid 2025.

  • The Greyfriars Chapel with a wild meadow

As you can imagine, the cost of restoration and specialist historic buildings repair is extremely expensive and our costs so far have reached almost £350,000, with an additional £175,000 for the repair costs to the river wall.

The cost of these considerable repairs has been a huge financial strain on our charity and we are seeking grants and donations wherever possible to help us continue with this necessary work.

If works can progress as envisaged, we are now looking at a reopening the gardens at the beginning of June 2024.
A historic wall with plants and climbing flowers
Image credit: Geraldine Deeney

Discover Medieval Horticulture

Take a reflective journey through the garden which reinterprets the former monastic way of life and successive horticultural legacies. Take a seat and relax for a moment in the picturesque wildflower meadow, dotted with heritage fruit trees. First planted in 2000, we continue to add new features and planting as the garden begins to grow and mature.

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Take a look at our handy guide to planning your visit to the Franciscan Gardens. To avoid disappointment, booking in advance is recommended for all visits, especially during weekends, outside school term time and Bank Holidays.

Franciscan Gardens Pricing 2024
Adults (aged 18+) £5.00
Children (aged 5-17) Free (max. 4 children per family. Offer is not included with group bookings) Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult
Children (under 5’s) Free
(please bring your supporter card with you to show on entry)
Family (1 adult & up to 3 children) Adult payable & up to 4 children free
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children) Two adults payable & up to 4 children free
Essential Carer or Companion
(when accompanying a disabled visitor)

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The Franciscan Gardens have hosted numerous events in its past. From performances of Shakespeare to private functions, poetry readings and outdoor soirees, the Franciscan Gardens are a beautiful venue for special occasions.

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Shop and Gardens closed until Monday 6th February 2023, due to an exciting shop refurbishment. We look forward to welcoming you back...

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