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Chelsea Physic Garden

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The Chelsea Physic Garden

The Chelsea Physic Garden was established as the Apothecaries’ Garden in London, England, in 1673. (The word “Physic” here refers to the science of healing.) This physic garden is the second oldest botanical garden in Britain, after the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, which was founded in 1621.

Its rock garden is the oldest English garden devoted to alpine plants. The largest fruiting olive tree in Britain is there, protected by the garden’s heat-trapping high brick walls, along with what is doubtless the world’s northernmost grapefruit growing outdoors. Jealously guarded during the tenure of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, in 1983 the Garden became a registered charity and was opened to the general public for the first time. The garden is a member of the London Museums of Health & Medicine.

Tucked away beside the Thames, Chelsea Physic Garden is a celebration of the beauty and importance of plants. This walled Garden was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful  Society of Apothecaries for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants and it became one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. Today, as an independent charity the Garden relies on the support of visitors and Friends to help protect and nurture the Garden for future generations.

Listing Details

  • Address: 66 Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS
  • Phone: 020 7352 5646
  • Website:
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  • Get there by bus: 170
  • Get there by tube/train: District, Circle
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Additional information: Disabled Access

    The step-free access to Chelsea Physic Garden is through the Foyer at 66 Royal Hospital Road. Access through the Garden is via gravel and grass paths. There is a non-reservable disabled parking bay outside 66 Royal Hospital Road with dropped curb access to the pavement. We have a wheelchair for visitors at the Garden; please ring to book.

Opening Times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11am – 6pm
  • Wednesday 11am – 6pm
  • Thursday 11am – 6pm
  • Friday 11am – 6pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

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