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The Charterhouse

Medieval garden and museum at the heart of London.

  • 4.6

  • from 347 Google reviews

A pink flower is standing in front of a building
A pink flower is standing in front of a building

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About the garden

For more than 650 years, the gardens at The Charterhouse were hidden away from the public, only visited by its private residents, which varied over the years, from monks to schoolboys. Today the building is an Almshouse, providing homes and care for people over 60 years of age who are able to live independently. As such, this is still very much a private residence, and the gardens can only be visited on special Open Days or pre-booked Garden Tours (see Additional Information below).

The gardens in their current iteration were largely designed since 2009, with vibrant borders, historic Mulberry trees and the traditional roses and herbs you might expect to find in an English country garden. There is also a charming small pond and interesting touches like a large Aloe that flourishes in the central London microclimate. All these plants are set off beautifully by the rich reds and browns of the old stone and brickwork of The Charterhouse itself.

Beyond the gardens, visitors will be interested to discover the museum which was recently created on site, with 120 artifacts on display, from old bones to maps.

Opening times

Open Garden Event: 26 August Pre-book with Candide Pre-booked tours available: Tuesdays - Saturdays 11.00AM - 2.15PM

Useful details

Garden area

7.5 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site


No - Children are discouraged from coming.

Wheelchair access

Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Greater London, EC1M 6AN

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Find the garden

The Charterhouse
Greater London
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Public Transport
Buses 4, 56, and 153 stop in front of Barbican station, Aldersgate Street - 5 min walk from Charterhouse Square.
Nearest train stations are Barbican and Farringdon.
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 347 Google reviews

Frances Clare

2 months ago


Joined a guided tour around The Charterhouse today. It is truly a hidden gem in London. If you are planning to visit St. Paul’s cathedral, then The Charterhouse is only a 15 minute walk away. Our guide was excellent ~ charming and knowledgeable. A truly enjoyable and memorable afternoon. Highly recommended.

Emma Dingle

2 months ago


Attended a wedding today. Beautiful location, wonderfully helpful staff. Lovely food.

Tracey Gilmour

2 months ago


Absolutely stunning place to visit. Our guide was so informative and such a joy to be shown around. It is still lived in today and the museum at the end showing some residents in their homes was so lovely to see

John French

2 months ago


The guided tour we went on was fascinating. We chose a tour guided by a brother - who gave us glimpses of what it is like to live here. We have just been back (a few weeks later) for their Christmas Fair. It was very, very good - the wreaths that the staff had created from The Chaterhouse gardens were outstanding.

Manley Wright

3 months ago


A microcosm of a part of East London life through the ages. Friendly and informative guide.

Contact the garden

020 3818 8873

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