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Discover the Oldest Garden in London | Westminster Abbey Gardens

The Westminster Abbey gardens are thought to be one of the oldest garden areas in Westminster, dating back to the 12th century. Initially created to grow food, today, the garden is a spread of green, bordered by the abbey, and a place for people to gather and relax. Here's everything you need to know about the stunning gardens at Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey Gardens

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Inside Westminster Abbey Gardens

The College Garden at Westminster Abbey has many different kinds of trees within its walls, the most important of which is the London Plane tree, which was planted in the 1850s near the Westminster School dormitory. There is a high stone wall that was built here in 1376. You can access the 18th-century dormitory that was made for Westminster School on the west side. There are two smaller gardens at Westminster Abbey:

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Little Cloister Garden

This little garden was initially designed as a relaxing area for those in recuperation after illness. It has a Victorian fountain and scented plants that border the garden that allows you to let go and feel connected to nature. From here, you can also see the ruins of the 12th century St Catherine's chapel and its small private garden. 

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Garth

Garth is a lawn that surrounds the cloisters. These gardens were preferred by the monks for quiet reflection. With the cloisters being the center for monastic life, the Garth allowed monks to soak in the sun while they remained protected from the winds. 

Visiting Westminster Abbey Gardens

The Westminster Abbey Gardens are usually open for visits on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Just as attending a prayer or service is free at Westminster Abbey, visiting just the gardens is also free of cost. But if you wish to explore the rest of the abbey as well, you will need to buy a ticket.

Events at Westminster Abbey Gardens

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You can also book the Westminster Abbey gardens for occasions of your own. Every summer, the abbey constructs a glass marquee and a decked porch area that is perfect for galas, receptions or even corporate conferences. During the off-season from August to May, the College Garden can be booked for one event every month and you can also decorate the venue however you like. 




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Frequently asked questions about Westminster Abbey Gardens

How old are Westminster Abbey Gardens?

Dating back to 12th century, Westminster Abbey's Gardens are more than 900 years old.

How many gardens does Westminster Abbey have?

The College Gardens is the main garden at Westminster Abbey. Apart from that, there are two smaller gardens called the Garth and the Little Cloister Garden.

Can I visit Westminster Abbey Gardens?

Yes, whenever you visit Westminster Abbey, you can explore the gardens as well.

Do I need to buy a ticket to visit Westminster Abbey's Gardens?

You don't have to buy a ticket to view the gardens at Westminster Abbey. You can explore it for free whenever you visit the abbey.

Can I host events at Westminster Abbey Gardens?

Yes, you can book Westminster Abbey Gardens for events, both during the summer and the off-season.