Posted by: offmotorway | July 26, 2010

A Hidden London gem – Chelsea Physic Garden

chelsea physic garden

Photo: Chelsea Physic Garden

The Chelsea Physic Garden is a little walled oasis, which explores and demonstrates the use of plants as medicine.  It was first opened in 1673 as the ‘Apothecaries Garden’, training apprentices in identifying plants.  It has only been open to the public since 1983, and is still only open at particular times, so plan a visit carefully!

The garden is home to the largest outdoor fruiting olive tree in Britain, and their Grade II* listed rock garden contains a mix of rocks including Icelandic lava and stones from the Tower of London.

There’s a lot to learn here – check out the Garden of World Medicine, or just relax as you wander around the exotic plants and absorb the peace and quiet.

The address of the gardens is 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS, UK, but the entrance is in Swan Walk.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Snowdrops in the garden in spring



  1. I have to head in to London soon on an errand, as was looking for something interesting to do while there to make it more fun – and now you have just supplied something. Thanks!

    • @forrestgblogging – thanks, I hope you enjoy it!

  2. […] Chelsea Physic Garden is a Hidden London Gem, which explores how plants are used as medicine.  It is also an oasis of calm and beauty amidst […]

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