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Glorious open garden days at Lambeth palace

18 th April 2024

Lambeth Palace has been the official home of the Archbishop of Canterbury since 1197. In addition to the building’s rich history, the palace also a superb garden is said to be the oldest garden in England. At just over 10 acres, this historical garden is the third largest private garden in London after Winfield House (home of the US Ambassador) and Buckingham Palace.

From May until September these very special gardens will be opening their gates to the public on the first Friday of every month in aid of local charities.

During the open garden days visitors can explore these magical gardens and enjoy refreshments in the tea garden with proceeds all going towards brilliant local causes.

What can I see in the Lambeth Palace Gardens?

The garden has many species native to England, including of course some grand old trees, as well as interesting plants and flowers from all over the world, chosen to reflect the world to reflect the breadth and scope of the Anglican Communion around the globe. Among the oldest trees is a white Marseilles fig tree that was planted in 1556, while the meditative grass maze is a more modern introduction.

With so much space and a unique microclimate, the garden has been designed to incorporate a variety of planting, including i formal rose terrace gardens, the scented chapel garden, kitchen gardens, wildflower meadow and wetland areas.

When’s it open?

The monthly garden days happen on the first Friday of every month starting on 3 May. The gates are open from 12pm-3pm. Entrance cost £5 and each month a different charity will benefit from ticket sales and sales of refreshments.

Fri 3 May Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity
Fri 7 June Friends of Lambeth Palace Library
Fri 5 July FareShare
Fri 2 Aug Harry's Hat
Fri 6 Sep Lia's Wings - Air Ambulance

On Monday 20 May there is also a special Open Garden Evening hosted in partnership with the National Garden Scheme with the gardens open from 5pm until just before sunset. During the open evening visitors can join guided walks led by the gardening team, or simply explore and enjoy this tranquil space at your own pace.

Find out more

Find out more about Lambeth Palace and the Lambeth Palace Garden here.


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