The Eastbridge, or the Hospital of St. Thomas the Martyr, Eastbridge to give it its full name, is not a hospital as we use the word today. It was and is still a hospital in the original sense of the word, a place of hospitality.
The Franciscan Gardens are at the rear of Eastbridge and are a haven of peace in an otherwise busy city. They are the grounds of the first Franciscan settlement in the UK and are a Scheduled Ancient Monument
A Place of Hospitality Since 1190. The Eastbridge is in the centre of the City of Canterbury and is composed of three adjoining sites and buildings, the Eastbridge Hospital, Greyfriars Chapel and The Franciscan Gardens
We welcome visitors to these historic buildings, and enjoy the quietness of the Franciscan Gardens and see for themselves the part we play in the local community