The Garden Tomb is a site of Christian worship and witness located in the heart of historic Jerusalem, just outside the Old City walls. Within this peaceful and contemplative garden there are several antiquities of interest, including an ancient Jewish tomb which many believe is the site of Jesus of Nazareth’s burial and resurrection.
You can join free guided tours of the garden and its antiquities, reserve a place for your church group to receive Holy Communion together, or simply come for a time of quiet contemplation. Entrance to the garden is free of charge – we are supported by the donations of visitors and supporters like you.
We pray that as you discover this beautiful place of pilgrimage, you will witness the faithfulness of the Risen Messiah and be moved to worship the Creator.
All visitors are most welcome to come explore this unique site free of charge. We provide information leaflets to any visitor in about 30 different languages. Visitors may also make a reservation to join a free guided tour of the site or reserve a place for their church group to share the Holy Communion together. We do not allow eating or smoking on site and ask that the garden be preserved as a quiet place for worship and contemplation.
The garden is open every Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 18:00. The garden is closed on Sundays, apart from announced events.
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According to the scriptures, Jesus was crucified in a place named “the Skull” (Golgotha in Aramaic). In the mid-19th century, several Christian scholars suggested that the rocky escarpment, which can be viewed from the garden, marked the place of the Messiah’s crucifixion. They noted its proximity to a main city gate, its association with executions according to local tradition, and its physical resemblance to a skull.
In the gospels we read that “at the place where Jesus was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no-one had ever been laid” (John 19:41). Archaeological evidence suggests that this place was an agricultural garden in those days, and inside the garden an ancient Jewish tomb has been found, perhaps the empty tomb of Jesus.
For over 120 years, the Garden Tomb has shared the story of the Messiah’s crucifixion and resurrection with countless visitors from across the globe. Some believe that this garden is the setting of those gospel events. However, the question as to whether this is the same tomb in which the Messiah was buried is ultimately unimportant. What is important is that visitors to this garden have an encounter with the living Messiah today. This is our prayer and ministry.
The Garden Tomb serves over 400,000 visitors a year. We charge no entrance fees and provide free tours, free spaces for prayer services, and free elements for Holy Communion. As an independent charity we depend on the generosity of visitors and supporters like you to maintain this beautiful place of witness and worship.