The Palace Gardens are a fantastic place to explore and discover the history of the site through living plants. The features of the enclosed garden are inspired by medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian gardens, reflecting the timeline of the Palace. A wonderful landscape with wide open lawns, it is full of herbs, shrubs and flowering plants chosen not only for their historical relevance, but also for their shape and beauty. Special areas of the grounds have been set aside to encourage a wildlife. The woodland area provides links to the famous ‘Leaves of Southwell’ – the thirteenth century carved stone leaves in Southwell Minster’s Chapter House.

History in the garden

The gardens bring to life time periods important to the history of The Archbishop’s Palace. The design has four distinct parts to it:

  • a Medieval herb parterre;
  • a Tudor knot garden;
  • a border planted in the style of Edwardian plants-woman Gertrude Jekyll; and
  • wildlife areas including a winter border and woodland and wild meadow.

The gardens also encourage wildlife through the inclusion of bird boxes, insect hotels and log piles. Portions of the gardens have been designed as native wild flower areas for birds and insects.

Are you a keen gardener?

Find out about opportunities to help out in our beautiful gardens.


Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the Minster, its grounds and gardens.

Many of our visitors are children so it is important that you pick up after your dog and place bagged waste in the bins provided. Thank you for your help in keeping the Minster a pleasant and safe environment for all who visit.

Events open to the public at the Archbishop’s Palace and Palace Gardens