The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Chelsea Physic Garden

Founded in 1673 by The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London as a place for their apprentices to study useful and medicinal plants, Chelsea Physic Garden is London’s oldest botanic garden. Throughout the 18th century the Garden was one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world.

Today London’s Secret Garden is home to over 5000 plants and its micro-climate means that it can grow many plants that you may not expect to see growing outside in London.

Highlights include Europe’s oldest rockery; Tropical Corridor, Victorian Cool Fernery, Garden of Edible & Useful Plants, the Garden of Medicinal Plants and the World Woodland Garden.

The Book & Gift Shop and award winning ‘Tangerine Dream Cafe’ are open during public open days.

Fact File

Opening Times:
Main Season: 1 April – 2nd November 2018. Tuesday – Friday and Sundays 11am – 6pm or dusk if earlier. *Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
Winter Season: 5th November – 21st December 2018. (Reopen 4 February 2019) Monday – Friday 11am -3pm. *Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
*Excludes the Christmas Fair weekend which is a special opening and chargeable to all visitors
Admission Charges:
Main Season 2018, Adult £10.50/£9.50. Concession: Students, children and job seekers £6.95/£6.25. Child: under 5 Free. Groups (Full/Con) £9.25/£5.50.
Winter Season 2018, Adult £7.40/£6.10, Concession: Students, children and job seekers £4.90/£4.40, Child: under 5 Free, Groups (Full/Con) £9.25/£5.50.
Prices include with/without voluntary donation.
On-Site Facilities: Shop, Plant Sales, Licensed Cafe, Teas
Disabled Access: Yes. Wheelchair loan available – booking required.
Toilets on site: Yes
Car/Coach Parking: No
Guided Tours: Yes, subject to availability. Booking required for groups of eight or more
Length of Visit: 1 – 2 hours
Special Events: Christmas Fair, Summer Talks & Workshops, February Snowdrop Days - check our website for more details.
Booking Contact: Group Visits, Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS
Telephone No: 0207 352 5646
Location: No. 170 bus from Victoria or Clapham Junction stations to Chelsea Physic Garden stop. Circle/District line to Sloane Square then 10 mins’ walk; 20 mins’ walk from Imperial Wharf or Battersea Park stations.

Updated: 12/12/2017

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