Open Garden Squares Weekend

Special Event Heritage
  • Venue

    Churchyard and Bankside

  • Time

    10:00 AM

  • Price

    FREE and Ticketed

  • Book Tickets

For one very special weekend this June, over 200 green spaces – many usually closed to the public – will open their gates for public enjoyment and discovery.

The Cathedral is delighted to be once again taking part in Open Gardens Squares Weekend. 

Cathedral Churchyard

FREE entry

Visit the Cathedral Churchyard and find out how the Canons who lived and worked here when we was a medieval priory would have used plants and herbs grown within the grounds.

You can also pick-up a copy of our Shakeapeare Botanical trail leaflet and take a journey around the churchyard discovering plants and herbs associated with the bard.

No 51. Bankside - The Deanery

Ticket required

Dating back to 1712, this delightful historic garden belongs to the private residence of the Dean of Southwark Cathedral, located just beside the Globe Theatre. This is a true gem of a secret garden by the riverside.
Secluded and hidden from the bustle of tourists, it is a peaceful haven for wildlife. Planted with mature shrubs, trees and herbaceous plants, the garden is looked after by the gardener from the Cathedral. 
Please note access to this small garden is via historic Cardinal Cap Alley which is narrow and visitor numbers may be restricted at certain times.

No 49. Bankside

Ticket required

This hidden secret garden is a true gem both in location, next to the Globe Theatre on the Southbank and for its history. Featured in Gillian Tindall’s book The House by the Thames, 49 Bankside has a unique story and the garden holds many delights in the planting. It is a small paved area including a pond and fountain, dating from the 1930s. Within the narrow space climbers cover the walls and pots brimming with foliages create texture and colour.

We are delighted that GIllian Tindall will be signing copies of her book 'The House by the Thames' from 1.00pm - 3.00pm.

This magical garden is accessed via the ancient Cardinal Cap Alley, which is London’s narrowest street and visitor numbers may be restricted at certain times.

Further information and tickets for the Deanery and No. 49 Bankside can be purchased from the OGSW website here