Chelsea Physic Garden, founded by the Society of Apothecaries in 1673 to study medicinal plants, still exists today. In 1722, a donation from Sir Hans Sloane avoided the closure. For that, his statue embellishes the garden nowadays. There is a wide variety of plants, however there are still parts of the garden that would be recognized by Sloane.
Many of the species are raised in greenhouses, including cotton, which used to be sent to the plantations of the southern United States. One can appreciate old trees and one of the first plants garden among rocks.
From April till October 2011:
- Tuesday till Friday : 12:00PM – 5:00PM;
- Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12:00PM – 6:00PM;
Adults and Senior Citizens – £8
Students, Unemployed and Children (5-15 years old) – £5
66 Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HS
Closest attractions: National Army Museum.
Getting there:Sloane Square tube station. Buses 11, 14, 19, 22, 49, 137, 211, 170 (stops outside the garden), 349
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7352 5646
Facilities and Additional Information
- Disabled access facilities;
- Only assistance dogs allowed;