Hereford Cathedral’s horticultural significance is well reflected in six acres of RHS award-winning gardens, as featured in Country Life magazine and on BBC TV. The historic Chapter House Garden nestles amongst medieval ruins while the historic College of the Vicars Choral, Cloister and Chapter gardens illustrate pre-Reformation social and culinary lifestyles. Spring bulbs carpet lawns under ancient trees in the majestic Bishop’s Palace Garden and roses fill the air with the scent of summer in the secluded College Garden.

Garden tours, which last between 60 and 90 minutes and are available for booked groups throughout the year, enable the visitor to explore the cathedral’s most beautiful gardens with our experienced gardeners and guides. The gardens are easily accessible, with variations available for visitors with specific mobility requirements.

Garden highlights include:

  • An explosion of spring bulbs in the Chapter House and Deanery gardens
  • Interesting borders and small trees in the tranquil Cloister Garden, planted for colour through all seasons
  • Plants reflecting ecclesiastical themes in the College Garden, with beautiful views of the River Wye and the medieval bridge
  • Varied examples of specimen trees, providing glorious autumnal colour in the Bishop’s Garden
  • Summer in the Deanery and College gardens, with maintained colour from varied hydrangeas, dahlias, roses and a wild flower bed