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Brief description of site

Chelsea Physic Garden is a walled garden and has a warm micro-climate which allows the cultivation of exotic species, such as England's largest and oldest olive tree grown outside (not imported).

Brief history of site

The physic (or botanic) garden was founded in 1673 for the training of apothecaries' apprentices. By 1679 1200 different plants were recorded there. The garden survived several periods of neglect over the next 300 years. It is now run by the Management Council of the Chelsea Physic Garden Company, and opened to the public in 1983.

Location information:

Address: Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS

Locality: Chelsea

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Kensington and Chelsea

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ277777
Latitude: 51.4838 Longitude: -0.162305


Nearest tube station - Sloane Square. District and Circle lines. Please see:

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Visitor information:

Open April-October: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 12-5pm
Sundays, Bank Holidays and Good Friday, 12-6pm.
Refreshments. Disabled visitors welcome, please telephone in advance for advice on facilities/access or see:

Key information:

Form of site: physic garden

Purpose of site: physic garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Plant type/environment: physic garden

Site first created: 1673

Main period of development: Late 17th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 2

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