The Utrecht Open Garden Day: July 1, 2023

After eleven succesful editions, Saturday the 1st of July sees the twelfth edition of the Open Garden Day Utrecht. Utrecht’s best-kept secrets are hidden behind the façades and gates of the city centre: oases of tranquillity, green and (garden) architecture. During this event, more than 50 fascinating private and municipal gardens will open their doors to the public, in addition to some gardens owned by other institutions. The Utrecht Open Garden Day provides those interested with the wonderful once-only opportunity to see special gardens which are closed the rest of the year.

The Gardens
Behind the historic walls of the Utrecht city centre are beautiful gardens which normally remain hidden. Each garden that will open its doors on the Utrecht Open Garden Day has its own very distinct character. With a wide variety in design, some gardens have special sculptures and most provide a wonderful view of the surrounding buildings. In addition to private gardens, the programme includes quadrangles of medieval churches, inner courtyards of museums and almshouses and many more locations of historic interest, for example the cathedral’s (Dom Church) Pandhof and the formal garden with its long pond behind the house at Zuilenstraat 5.
You will also be able to view several new gardens again this year. For example; the private gardens behind Oudekamp 9-12 and Lange Nieuwstraat 11 and a roof garden above the VVV-Utrecht shop.

A wonderful summer day excursion
The Utrecht Open Garden Day is a full-day excursion; the numerous Utrecht places of interest are all within walking distance from each other, and the programme includes various restaurants and cafés with a garden. The Utrecht Open Garden Day is a surprising experience in the historic city centre.

The programme includes a description of locations and a map with walking routes. Passes are available at VVV Utrecht (Tourist Information) at Domplein 9-10 or via the Tourist Information webshop.

Utrecht Open Garden Day passes to all of the participating gardens are olso available at € 15,00 per person on the day itself at
– The VVV (Tourist Information) Utrecht, Domsquare 9-10
– The Nicolai Church, Nicolaaskerkhof 10
– Grand Hotel Karel V, entrance via the Springweg (opposite to Springhaver theatre).