An invitation to visit us

Now an Almshouse, the Eastbridge has welcomed visitors since the first pilgrims came here in 1190. We invite you to explore our ancient buildings, learn about our history and the part we play in our community today.

EXPLORE THE EASTBRIDGE

a haven of peace

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

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EASTBRIDGE HOSPITAL

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.

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FRANCISCAN GARDENS

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

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GREYFRIARS CHAPEL

Greyfriars Chapel, set in the Franciscan Gardens, is the only building now remaining of the first English Franciscan Friary built in 1267, forty-three years after the first Friars settled in Canterbury, during the lifetime of St Francis of Assisi.

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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

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Thursday 29th Dec 2016
Tuesday 14th Mar 2017 The Auditorium, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
RajnishPathak

"Philanthropy."

The Eastbridge Hospital was founded in 1180 as accommodation for poor Pilgrims visiting the tomb of St. Thomas. Now it has two Chapels The...

Charles S

"History coming alive."

This hospital dates back to the 12th centuary when it was founded to accommodate the many pilgrims who travelled to Canterbury after the murder...

PeteronHoliday

"Bed and Breakfast – Medieval style!"

A most knowledgeable curator shared his enthusiasm for this ancient building and its several notable aspects. Evidently, built as a refuge for weary pilgrims,...