A Visit to Hereford Cathedral’s Hidden Gardens

The extensive set of hidden gardens at the back of Hereford Cathedral are not usually on public display but there are times when they are open – but not now in lockdown 3 or more! On a recent Wednesday afternoon we were so pleased to see them and also to hear various gems about the cathedral’s history on our way round.
Several years ago the gardens were gradually restored by a team of Friends of the Cathedral volunteers, many ‘gardening professionals’. Today these volunteers continue to provide TLC and also offer these illuminating tours on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 2.30pm through the summer.
The Dean’s and the Bishop’s private gardens have the services of employed gardeners but our tour did include a wander through both gardens including lots of anecdotal tales of developments over the years.
This tour is a must, but probably you’ll have to wait until next year as the gardens close mid-September. May is the prime time, we were advised, but August seemed pretty good to us! It costs £5.00 and you just pay at the book shop. It’s a chance to support the Cathedral and a good way to spend a sunny afternoon – not sure how it is in the pouring rain!
Liz and Grahame Taylor