We have a beautiful walled garden available for hire, which includes use of The Lecture Hall and kitchen. With a raised lawn, meadow area, terraced garden and benches, the museum garden is a relaxing space to wander with a tea or coffee, or enjoy a picnic. The garden has been designated a 'Wildlife Garden' by Somerset Wildlife Trust. When not in use the garden is open for visitors to explore as part of museum admission.
If you choose to hire the garden you will have full use of The Lecture Hall and kitchen - perfect for weatherproofing your outdoor event. The lawn offers plenty of space for a gazebo and garden furniture. Steeped in history*, the terraced garden gives stunning views of the cathedral (see photos). The garden is directly accessible from The Lecture Hall and will be closed to the public when a private event is booked. Rental rates are the same as for The Lecture Hall hire.
Garden Rental Rates (from 1st January 2018):
Includes use of The Lecture Hall and kitchen
Full Day // £121.00
Half Day or Evening // £71.50
Full Day // £71.50
Half Day or Evening // £44.00
* Archaeological excavations in the garden have revealed a wealth of interesting finds. The oldest artefact is a carved head of Romanesque style which may date from the 11th or early 12th century, pre-dating the museum building and even the current cathedral. The garden wall has traces of lime plaster which date from the 12th century. You can discover more inside the museum or by clicking here.