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

Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road
Greater London





Group bookings


020 7352 5646

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