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A peaceful moment at St Dunstan in the East

Address

​St Dunstan's Hill, London EC3R 5DD

Contact us

​020 7374 4127

Email us

Accessibility

Ramped access via the Idol Lane entrance to the north side of the garden only.
Remainder of the garden accessed via steps.

Opening hours

​​Open all year round from 8am to 7pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Entrances via Idol Lane and St Dunstan's Hill.

Parking info and travel links

Nearest tube: Monument or Tower Hill

Plan your journey using the TfL journey planner.

Where to park in the City of London

About St Dunstan in the East Church Garden

The Church of St Dunstan was originally built around 1100 and is a Grade I listed building. A new south aisle was added in 1391 and was repaired in 1631. It was severely damaged in 1666 by the Great Fire of London. Rather than being completely built it was patched up. A steeple and tower was added in 1695-1701 by Sir Christopher Wren.

The Church was again severely damaged in the Blitz of 1941. Wren's tower and steeple survived the bombing. During the re-organisation of the Anglican Church after World war II it was decided not to rebuild St Dunstan’s.

In 1967 the City of London decided to turn the remains into a public garden, which opened in 1970. Maintenance and improvement works took place in spring 2015 which new planting throughout the garden to revitalise this popular space.

You really will feel secluded in this gem of a City Garden. Those with green fingers will appreciate the range of plants wending their way around the ruins, an unusual plant in the lower garden is winter's bark, Drimys winteri. Its leaves are high in Vitamin C and were once eaten to prevent scurvy.


Events and green space hire

Find out how to host your event or hire a space at St Dunstan in the East Church Garden.

Guidelines for filming and photography

Anyone wishing to use St Dunstan in the East for filming or photoshoots should seek permission first and pay the appropriate fee. Individuals are welcome to take photographs for their own use.

Please see the Filming in the City pages for more information, and apply directly with Film App.
For wedding photography and events please see the events and green space hire page.


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