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Christchurch Greyfriars Church Garden

Christchurch Greyfriars Rose Garden with Towers and Climbing Plants

King Edward Street, London EC1A 7BA

Opening hours

Open all year 24 hours a day.

Getting there

Nearest tube: St Paul's (Exit 2 for Newgate Street)

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Facilities

About this garden

This lovely garden is located on the site of the Franciscan Church of Greyfriars. Clematis and climbing roses weave their way up 10 tall wooden towers which represent the pillars that once held the roof.

Discover more about this garden in an audiotour by City Guide Sandra Lea as she reveals the history that this tranquil place is soaked in and the people that inhabit its past.

History

The site of the Franciscan church of Greyfriars was established in 1225. Numerous well-known people, including four queens, were buried in the old church, which was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. A new church, designed by Wren, was completed in 1704. In 1940, incendiary bombs destroyed the body of the Wren church, and only the west tower now stands. The 1989 rose garden reflects the floor plan of the original church with box-edged beds representing the original position of the pews. An avenue of trees marks the former nave.


Events and green space hire

Find out how to host your event or hire a space at Christchurch Greyfriars Church Garden.

Guidelines for filming and photography

Anyone wishing to use Christchurch Greyfriars 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 and lifestyle photography please see the events and green space hire page.

Published:
10 May 2012
Last Modified:
05 October 2018

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