Christchurch Greyfriars Church Garden - City of London
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Christchurch Greyfriars Church Garden

Christchurch Greyfriars Rose Garden with Towers and Climbing Plants

King Edward Street, London EC1

Opening hours

Permanently open.


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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.


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.

Hire this garden

Available for  family celebrations, receptions, film shoots and charity events.

Christchurch Greyfriars features

  • A fenced off, grassed former churchyard with Scheduled Ancient Monument status
  • Capacity for 225 people
  • Total area of 1,054m2
  • Lawn area of 900m2, of which 450m is available for event hire
  • No toilet facilities

Rose Garden features

  • A paved area with tended rose beds and Scheduled Ancient Monument status
  • Capacity for 100 people
  • Total area of 869m2
  • 408m2 of rose beds
  • Paved area of 460m2, of which 230m is available for event hire
  • No toilet facilities

To apply

To apply, please see our events application page.

Available times

Christchurch Greyfriars and the Rose Garden are available for hire Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm.

Some events may be restricted on Sundays - please discuss with our City Gardens team.

10 May 2012
Last Modified:
29 September 2017