Chelsea Physic Garden

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Chelsea Physic Garden , 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HS
Work 0207 352 5646

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
Closed (Jan); 11 AM to 4 PM (Mon-Fri, Feb-Mar); 11 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Fri & Sun, Apr-Oct)
Ticket cost:
Adults £7.40; Children £4.90 (5–15); Infants free entry (under-5)
Visiting hours and entry charges are subject to change
Time required:
A typical visit to Chelsea Physic Garden lasts 1-1½ hours (approx)

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The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 on land donated by Sir Hans Sloane – whose artefacts later formed the basis of the British Museum. Phillip Miller was put in charge, and it soon became a centre of scientific study.

Plants arrived from all over the world – brought back from trade trips and wars to London. The first cedars in Britain were planted here, for example, as was cotton from the South Seas. This same cotton was later transferred to the American colonies – kick-starting their vast cotton plantations.

The Chelsea Physic Garden now contains around 5,000 different species split into several groups. There are sections on herbs, poisonous plants and a fantastic rock garden – containing volcanic stones from Iceland. There are also beds devoted to perfume and aromatherapy.

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  • JP1964 – “This area of chelsea is quite lovely, wiuth beautiful little houses around cheyne walk, and the gardens next to the royal hospital, but the physic garden is a lovely little haven inside a haven. At first you wonder where it is, as it is surrounded by a massive brick wall and doesn't look very inviting. But once you venture inside you soon thank them for that wall, as it gives you some peace and tranquility from life outside. Unlike most parks, which just bed plants to look pretty, most of the plants here actually have a purpose, and the guided tour is a wonderful way to find out which plants do what. There is alos a lovely cafe where you can have a sit down and a cup of tea after exploring the gardens.”

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If you enjoy this then try: Hyde Park (catch the tube from Sloane Square to Hyde Park); Kensington Gardens (catch the tube from Sloane Square to Kensington Gardens); Royal Botanic Gardens (catch the tube from Sloane Square to Royal Botanic Gardens); Garden Museum (catch the tube from Sloane Square to Garden Museum) and St. James’s Park (catch the tube from Sloane Square to St. James’s Park).

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