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Cathedral Gardens Spring Opening

Hereford Cathedral will be opening the gates to its beautiful gardens on Friday 27 March for visitors to explore for free

 Each summer hundreds of people take part in the guided tours which run on Wednesdays and Saturdays but, prior to this, the team of volunteer gardeners open the gardens to showcase the spring blooms. This year’s event will take place on Friday 27 March from 10 am – 3 pm. Visitors are welcome to come and freely explore the Canon’s Garden (located behind the Cloister alongside the River Wye), Cloister Garden and Chapter House Garden and meet the volunteer team who maintain the gardens throughout the year.

The gardens are easily accessible and through the winter months, work has been undertaken to widen the pathways within the Canon’s Garden to improve wheelchair accessibility.

Peter Challenger, Visits and Volunteers Administrator, said: “The Spring Opening is wonderful opportunity to come and visit these tranquil gardens at your leisure and ask any questions you may have about the work which goes into maintaining them. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful team of volunteer gardeners who work all year round to ensure that the gardens of the cathedral are a beautiful place to visit.”

Dr Anthony Evans, Head Volunteer Gardener said; “We look forward to welcoming visitors to the gardens on Friday 27 March to see the abundance of spring flowers. Alongside numerous daffodils and tulips in variety, we have a small collection of historic daffodils which were bred by the Backhouse family at Sutton St Nicholas; pioneer breeders of daffodils, our collection all date from pre 1869 when records began.”

The gardens of Hereford Cathedral will be open to the public on Friday 27 March, 10 am – 3pm. Whilst entry is free, guests coming in groups or who may have additional requirements are encouraged to contact Peter Challenger in advance on 01432 374 202 or email