Chelsea Physic Garden
- Greater London
- London-Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Chelsea Physic Garden
Welcome to Chelsea Physic Garden
London’s secret garden
Tucked away beside the Thames, Chelsea Physic Garden is one of the few truly ‘hidden gems’ remaining in London. The Garden’s high walls give it a magical, secluded air and entering through its historic iron gate on Swan
Walk, guests and visitors are transported into a glorious, inspirational oasis, away from the hurly-burly of the city.
The Garden was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecariesof London for their apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants. This particular location was chosen as the proximity to the river creates a warm microclimate, allowing plants such as the largest outdoor fruiting olive tree in Britain to survive British winters. The Garden became one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world.
In 1712, Dr Hans Sloane, after whom nearby Sloane Square is named, purchased the Manor of Chelsea and some years later, leased the Garden to the Society for the grand sum of £5 a year in perpetuity. Thanks to this benefactor, four acres of botanical beauty in the heart of Chelsea miraculously survives to this day.
The Garden continues to play a role in discovery and learning, focusing on today’s renewed interest in wellbeing and natural medicine. As an independent charity, the organisation relies on visitors, clients, Friends and supporters to help protect and nurture the Garden for future generations.
Public entrance is via Swan Walk. SW3 on Tuesdays – Fridays, Sundays & Bank Holidays. On Mondays when we are partially open, entrance is via 66 Royal Hospital Road.
Disabled access for those with disabilities is at 66 Royal Hospital Road.
SCHOOL GROUPS & Family Activity Day attendees – please come to the green door on Royal Hospital Road, SW3 – beside the bus stop/shelter.
The nearest tube station is Sloane Square (District and Circle lines).
When leaving Sloane Square tube station, cross the road in front of you, turn left into Lower Sloane Street. At the traffic lights turn right into Royal Hospital Road and continue, past the National Army Museum on your left. Cross Tite Street and then turn left into Swan Walk – where the public entrance is for open days.
The Chelsea Physic Garden is easily accessible by bus; the 170 route to Victoria train station stops directly outside the Garden.
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Parking near this location
- Parking is available around the garden, with coin-operated meters. There is pay & display parking in Battersea Park (see map), a 10 minute walk across Albert Bridge.