The blissful silence in the gardens of Villa Frere is broken only by the lapping of water in the ponds, birds chirping and insects buzzing among the blooms. A visit on Sunday 2nd April, between 9:30am and 4:30pm will surely leave you feeling revived and at peace.

Villa Frere was created by British diplomat, poet, scholar, and philanthropist John Hookham Frere, after the demise of his wife in 1831, as a means of comfort for his sadness. From this garden, which enjoyed wide-open views spanning from Mdina to Valletta, he could also look out at the Msida Bastion Cemetery, where his wife reposed. Villa Frere became a sanctuary for numerous academics, most famously Mikiel Anton Vassalli who reportedly discussed with Frere how to establish Maltese as a written and taught language. This romantic story and Villa Frereโ€™s garden faded away with Frereโ€™s death in 1846. The site fell into neglect until forty years later when the villa became the residence of Captain Edward Price. A notable garden enthusiast, he gave life back to the property, earning it the title of a botanic garden. The place became a prominent attraction, both to locals and foreigners.

Today, just over a third of the original area survives (including the house), yet the mystique is still there.

NGO Friends of Villa Frere has been working hard to protect what remains and to restore the gardens with life.

No pre-booking is required. ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ: โ‚ฌ๐Ÿฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ. ๐—”๐—น๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€.

Parking inside St Luke’s hospital grounds behind Karen Grech hospital. Please follow the signs from the gates of St. Lukes.

๐—˜๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐˜ ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น, ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ`

Open Day at Villa Frere

Open Day

02 Apr 2023

Sunday: 09.30 - 16.30

Pieta`, Malta


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