Visit

There is so much to see and do on a visit to Chelsea Physic Garden. Here’s some essential information to help plan your trip.

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Find out more about time slots and prices. Please be aware that entry will only be allowed with a pre-booked ticket.

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Opening times

Open Monday to Friday and Sunday 10am - 5pm (last entry 30 minutes before closing)

Times and prices

Become a Friend

Friends of the Garden benefit from free entry to the Garden throughout the year for themselves and a guest.

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Before you arrive

Pick up a map or trail and read our visitor guidance

What’s On

There is always something to see at the Garden. From our seasonal plant displays and permanent collections to family activities and adult workshops, there is something for everyone.

Upcoming events

Physic Garden Café

Physic Garden Café is open. We are excited to say that the Physic Garden Café remains open for take away food and drinks. From 12 April, we welcome you to sit and enjoy your food and drink in our outside seating.

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Plant Collections

Tucked away beside the River Thames in London, Chelsea Physic Garden is home to a unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants contained within its sheltering walls.

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PaoloRiccardoCarrara
30/10/2020
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Merita se appassionati... Orto botanico creato nel 1673 per la coltivazione di piante medicinali è uno dei più antichi in Gran Bretagna. Piccola oasi lungo il Tamigi, al limitare di Cheyne Walk, che vanta più di cinquemila varietà di piante. Visitato nel mese d'ottobre. Aperto dalle 11 alle 17,30 da aprile ad ottobre; una visita molto interessante che però consiglio (visto il costo del biglietto £13,50) solo agli appassionati di botanica. Piacevole il caffè all'interno per una sosta.
lyndac00per
27/09/2020
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An oasis of calm in this lovely garden with good restaurant I have wanted to go here for so long and finally we made it. What a pleasure it was. An oasis of calm and greenery in this part of London, just off the Chelsea Embankment. It is worth buying the guide book to read about the history of the garden as this sets it in context of seeing the medicinal plants as well as many other plantings from around the world. The signs and information provided are very good. There are seats in the sun and shade. There are some guided tours offered too - free but book on arrival as limited to 5 plus the guide for the rule of 6 during COVID. There is an excellent cafe/restaurant. We had coffee and pastries/cake on arrival and later a light bite from their delicious menu and wine list. Lovely seating outside and in a marquee. Great personal touch service - thank you. Highly recommended - we will return to see the garden in a different season.
T R E K
02/09/2020
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SLOANES GARDEN I Passed here a few years ago, and decided to go back and nurture the plant experience, i'm slowly growing fond of Botanic Gardens, more all the educational side of it. check it out
Mary beth L
09/08/2020
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tucked away... This special garden is worth the visit...it is tucked away in a corner of Chelsea and full of interesting plants, descriptions and peaceful sitting areas.
mrmfield21
09/08/2020
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Heavenly Green Space The Chelsea Physic Garden is one of the most beautiful locations in London. I have walked past the garden numerous times but sadly never had the time to pop in and have a wander around. This time I had time to spare and decided to visit on a quiet August evening. I was viewing their website and saw that they had started Late Evening visits throughout August and the tickets were very good value at £5 (though I highly recommend a donation to help out). I arrived at 17:55 and was allowed in as soon as possible. As soon as I stepped inside I was transported to a quiet, peaceful expanse of green lawns, tall gracious trees and beautiful flowerbeds. There are, or so it seemed to me, miles and miles of carefully laid footpaths and shaded walkways. There is a small pond full of numerous aquatic plants and possibly fish but I did not examine the water closely to notice. Either that or they were taking solace at the bottom to avoid the repressive heat. Though the garden itself was gloriously cool, due In part I am sure to the River Thames and the mostly shaded nature of the 4-acre garden. I found myself wandering around the garden in quiet fascination, slowly taking in everything. The plants and trees are labelled with intricate detail and every corner of the garden brings sublime peace and serenity. The volunteers and staff are unfailingly friendly and helpful. I found my water bottle to be almost empty I wandered over to the cafe to enquire about refilling. Though they were busy preparing for a Supper Evening, they politely took my bottle and refilled it for me. I urge you to visit if you have a free afternoon, you will not regret it.
Anne R
06/08/2020
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Anne you are a star What can I say? One of the most interesting places to visit. It’s not enormous but it packs a punch in terms of atmosphere and interest. Our guide was Anne and she was splendid - full of amazing facts and with a dry wit. I especially liked the sunflower / Chernobyl story. Seek it out as it’s well worth a visit.
Mike G
02/07/2020
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First post lockdown review Wonderful to get back into one of London's best hidden places. Ok its a bit jungly at present but I liked it And the cafe is open too Entry by pre booked ticket
Scifchic
20/06/2020
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Lovey Garden Along the Thames This is a lovely garden situated along the Thames directly across from Battersea Park. The thing I loved most about this location besides the care of the landscape is how each plant has a small sign identifying name, where from and when introduced to the garden. If you are in to apothecary and are looking for a quiet way to send a couple of hours, do visit. They also have a cute gift shop and a small restaurant with outdoor seating. The restaurant offers coffee and cocktails along with desserts and delicious chartrutiere boards. It was simply lovely #gardens #visitlondon #chelsaphysicgardens
PhilthetravellerXI
02/05/2020
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Nice historic park in middle of busy city. This is an interesting park to visit in the middle of London. It was established in 1673 besides the river Thames in Chelsea by the London Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and became increasingly famous as a place of science, study, and growing plants and flowers that have medical and scientific uses. It also embodies a lot of the history of London under the control of (Sir) Hans Sloane who ended up buying area and expanding the gardens. It has a great display of plants that have become so famous and important in pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and is nicely set out so you can enjoy walking the grounds and studying the signs. There are some nice greenhouses for the more temperature sensitive specimens and a good shop with the usual souvenirs as well as good reference books and materials. It really is a pleasant place to spend around two or more hours, also to enjoy a light meal in the very good small restaurant. The entrance fee is modest and goes to help support the park which interestingly is not open on Saturdays (it is OK on Sundays) – I asked about that as it may limit visitors on the weekend and was told it was because they often host weddings on Saturday. We went in the middle of winter and it was a bit sad and dark, it would be far better to make your visit (if possible) in the warmer months but we were in London for other reasons during February. Well worth a visit, allow around 90-120 minutes or longer if you are eating there.
REDMAN
21/03/2020
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Classy and beautiful neighborhood Great wondering on this expensive and high-class area of London. Relax with your company and enjoy the scenery.

Chelsea Physic Garden has a well established educational programme that celebrates the natural world. We provide unique, fun and valuable learning experiences that, not only meet national curriculum requirements, but provide a memorable day out.

We are delighted to be open for pre-booked group visits of 15 or more people. Please visit our group visits page for further information and guidance on planning your trip. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support during our closure and are excited to welcome Friends and Visitors to the garden again.

We aim to be accessible to all and to help you plan your visit; getting around the garden, guide and assistance dogs, accessible parking etc.

Chelsea Physic Garden is an accredited ‘We’re good to go’, attraction meaning you can visit with confidence.
Hand sanitiser will be provided in indoor areas. We ask all adult visitors to wear face masks indoors.

You must not attend this event if:

– you are currently infected with COVID-19.
– have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
– have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days.
– have been instructed to self-isolate.