Chelsea Physic Garden Tours
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Established in 1673, the Chelsea Physic Garden is London’s oldest botanical garden. The garden, nestled behind walls along the Thames, is home to more than 5,000 plants, including the UK’s largest olive tree and several medicinal species. Open to the public since 1983, the urban oasis now promotes environmental engagement in the city.
Travelers with green thumbs can take advantage of full-day tours to check off several of the capital’s hidden gardens or benefit from inclusive deals such as the London Pass to combine a visit with other top attractions. Enjoy respite from the bustling city on a stroll through the family-friendly grounds, or take advantage of the garden’s year-round program of walks, talks, and workshops for first-hand insight into London’s green scene.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Chelsea Physic Garden is a must-do for nature lovers, gardeners, or anyone looking for some peace and quiet in the city.
- Remember a coat and umbrella during the rainy months, as the garden is mostly unsheltered—though you can always dive into the on-site café.
- Wheelchair access to the garden is available, but it’s worth calling ahead to discuss specific access requirements.
How to Get There
Sloane Square is the nearest underground station, while the 170 bus stops directly outside. Limited on-street parking is available nearby at a cost, though be aware of the nearby Congestion Charging zones on weekdays.
When to Get There
Though the blooms of late spring and summer draw most visitors, the atmospheric vistas and festive workshops of autumn and winter have their own charms. Seasonal opening hours apply, so check ahead.
Though often associated with industrial smog and concrete high-rises, Greater London is actually 47 percent green space. Head to nearby Battersea Park or Hyde Park to freely explore green London at your own pace, or take advantage of deals that include access to the London Wetland Centre or Kew Gardens for further insight into environmental sustainability in the city.
Address: 66 Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4HS, England
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Chelsea Physic Garden
Nature and Wildlife
See the capital in bloom on a full-day tour of London’s most beautiful and little-visited gardens, followed by a decadent High Tea at the Kensington Palace Orangerie. With a maximum of 4 people and private transport by black cab, you’ll enjoy the personalised attention of your guide, as you stroll around pretty rose gardens, green squares and sunken gardens. Visit the Lincoln's Inn Fields and the John Soane Museum, browse the London Garden Museum and learn about medicinal plants and flowers at Chelsea Physic Garden.
Mountain Bike Tours
Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass®. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 10-day sightseeing credits package, and enjoy access to your London Pass straight from your mobile. Simply show it at the gate or ticket office to gain entrance to more than 80 attractions including Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and the "View from the Shard." You also benefit from skip-the-line access at some of the city's top attractions like the London Zoo. Your pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Thames River cruise, a free guidebook packed with useful information, and valuable shopping and dining discounts. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
Private Sightseeing Tours
Nestled along the banks of the River Thames is one of London's most beautiful neighbourhoods, and a fantastically well kept secret - Chelsea! This privately guided tour will take you on a walk through the picturesque streets of this quaint area. Your private expert guide will tell stories of lovelorn kings, fashion visionaries, and iconic rock and roll stars, as you discover the history of the neighbourhood through landmarks and hidden gems. This is a fantastic tour for anyone who thinks they've seen all London has to offer, and for anyone keen on music, history, art, literature, or shopping!
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