Estrela Garden House

A modern space in a historic garden

26 new May

opening for activities only

Jardim da Estrela

* Restricted access

Pets are not allowed.
The access is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis, without prior registration.
This is an entirely free event.

In 1850, on the abandoned land in front of the Estrela Basilica, planting began on the then Estrela Path, which later became known as the Estrela Garden. Irregular, curved lawns, exotic trees, hidden areas shaped by natural clefts, waterfalls, ponds and statues – the romanticism of English gardens was reproduced here for the public to enjoy. This is where we also find Estrela Garden House. 

Opened in 1882, it started life as a children’s garden before being incorporated into the network of council nurseries. Lisbon’s Santa Casa da Misericórdia then took charge of it in 1927.

Now back under council management and part of the council programme A Theatre in Every Neighbourhood, following renovation work Estrela Garden House has reopened its doors to the public. It contains an eco-library and a research hub dedicated to historical gardens, as well as offering other activities such as shows, classes, workshops, debates and readings.

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18:00 — 20:00

Closing Event Other Activities

Use Your Senses

When we feed ourselves we are not only ensuring our own survival, but also simultaneously taking part in a gesture of discovery and sensory connection with the world.

To close this year’s edition of the festival dedicated to the senses, we invite you to a delicious gastronomic experience devised by the chefs Claiton Ferreira and Lilliana Escalhão and the floral artist Pauline Daly: a sensory journey with edible flower sculptures that encourage us to enjoy the pleasures of being present in the here and now.

Once again, plants will be provided by our generous partner Planta Livre, enhancing the atmosphere for this experience.

Conducted by: Claiton Ferreira, Liliana Escalhão and Pauline Daly
Location: Estrela Garden House

For all ages
Capacity: 80 people
Duration: 120 minutes

Registration not required. Places are available on a first come, first served basis.

* This is a durational event. Admission will be in groups of 10.