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66 Royal Hospital Rd. (Chelsea)
HOURS/TIMESFor 2010: Apr. through Oct.: Wed.-Fri.: 12:00pm-5:00pm; Sun. and Bank Holiday Mon.: 12:00pm-6:00pm; Feb. 6-7, 13-14
PRICEAdults/Senior Citizens: GBP 8; Students, Unemployed, and Children (5-15): GBP 5
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATION15-20 minutes as they stagger entries to minimize traffic within the garden
HIGHLIGHTSThe largest fruiting olive tree in Britain; the world's northernmost outdoor grapefruit tree
Mellow and relaxing garden that is great for family fun. Also fascinating (and educational!) to see a wide variety of plants used for medicinal purposes since the 17th century.
GO HERE WITH
Families; little kids; significant other; yourself
WHY WE LIKE IT
Interesting exhibits with different themed beds of flowers and plants. It’s perfect for a picnic but also has an educational and historical spin to it. It’s one of the hidden gems of London–most Londoners have never been.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Price. GBP 8 is a little steep!
GOOD TO KNOW
Harks back to the 1600s and was used for growing medicinal plants by apothecaries. 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 the world’s northernmost grapefruit growing outdoors.
Read more about Chelsea Physic Garden in The Diary
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