Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden, a garden of medicinal plants

Situated in the heart of Chelsea, this 'Secret Garden' is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, it continues to research the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 species.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Winter Opening Hours

From 1 November 2014 – 31 March 2015, the Garden only will be open (the cafe and shop are closed) Mondays – Fridays, 9.30am – 4pm or dusk (whichever arrives earlier)

Snowdrop Days 31 January – 8 February, the cafe and shop will also be open for our annual Snowdrop Days
Summer Opening Hours

From 1 April – 31 October 2015, the Garden, Café and Shop will be open Tuesdays – Fridays, Sundays & Bank Holidays:

Admission charges

Adults & Senior Citizens £9.90
Students, unemployed people & children (5-15 yrs old)* £6.60
Companions of those with disabilities FREE

*Proof required for concessions

Additional info

Disabled access via 66 Royal Hospital Road

The Garden holds approximately 5000 taxa, the collection concentrates on medicinal plants and those of ethnobotanical interest, as well as rare and endangered species. We also grow plants named or introduced by people associated with the Garden's history. The mild microclimate created by the shelter of the city and the Garden's south facing aspect allows us to grow many tender plants, especially from the Mediterranean region and the Canary Islands. The glasshouse range holds a collection of tropical, sub-tropical and Mediterranean species as well as back-up plants of those grown outdoors that may not survive a cold or wet winter.

Collection details

Agriculture, Medicine

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
World Woodland Garden

World Woodland Garden

  • 1 April — 31 October 2015 *on now

The World Woodland Garden, opening in April 2015, celebrates forest environments from around the world and the medicinal and useful plants that they produce. The World Woodland Garden is divided into three geographic regions, Americas, Europe and East Asia, and each region demonstrates the traditional and modern uses of various forest species including trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs.

Features of the new Garden:
150 new plants will be added to the collection, including a number of ornamental species grown to enrich the seasonal interest of the woodland
15 wild species of Galanthus will be woven through the planting to further enrich the Gardens existing snowdrop collection
A serpentine path will guide visitors through the new plantings; this path reflects the wilderness area that occupied that part of the Garden in the 1700s
Gathering spaces throughout the woodland area allow the Garden’s volunteer guides to present the collection to groups of visitors
Low earth banks will define the three geographic regions and provide a sense of enclosure
An oak pergola to the south of the World Woodland Garden will link it to one of the Garden’s existing wooded areas, effectively creating a ½ acre micro-forest.

The World Woodland Garden will support the Gardens key aims in highlighting human’s historic and contemporary usage of plants, helping to further connect visitors with the plants around them.


Normal admission charges apply.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Fungi Town – an introduction to the weird world of mushrooms

  • 27 October 2015 10:30am-2:30pm

Neither animal nor plant, fungi are an essential part of our world. Sample some tasty treats and meet some unusual characters in this day’s voyage into the huge and varied subterranean kingdom of the fungi. Try your hand at mushroom printing, find out about glow-in-the-dark mushrooms. Take your own mini growing kit home with you and more. Ages 8+


Pre-booking and pre-payment are essential.
Children: £6.60 half day / £8.60 full day
Adults: £9.90 half day / £11.90 full day
Children must be accompanied at all times.


Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road
Greater London





Group bookings


020 7352 5646

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