Visiting the Chelsea Physic Garden London with Kids

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

Established in 1673, Chelsea Physic Garden in London is the second oldest botanical garden in England (after Oxford) and a beautiful hidden gem tucked away in between Royal Hospital Road and the Thames Embankment. The garden is a celebration of the beauty and importance of plants, housing a unique living collection of around 5,000 types, with a focus on edible, medicinal and useful plants, as well as rare and endangered species.

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

Chelsea Physic Garden is a fascinating place to visit and is like a secret garden in the city. There are usually family activities and workshops during half-term and school holidays to help children understand more about the importance of plants. In this post, I’ll share more about what to see and the upcoming workshops at Chelsea Physic Garden London with kids.

Visiting Chelsea Physic Garden with Kids

Garden of Medicinal Plants

One of the first areas to explore at Chelsea Physic Garden is the Garden of Medicinal Plants, which consists of plant displays from every region of the world and their key medicinal uses. It is important to note, especially when visiting with young children, that there are some poisonous plants around the garden, so you should not eat, touch or remove any living or dead plants, flowers, berries, leaves.

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

Tropical Corridor & Glasshouses

The glasshouses at Chelsea Physic Garden including a Tropical Corridor along the back, collections of sub-tropical, Mediterranean species and back-up plants of those grown outdoors that may not survive a cold or wet winter.

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

Garden of Edible and Useful Plants

The Garden of Edible and Useful Plants showcases the diverse range of plant species on which people depend in our everyday lives.

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

There are examples of productive and functional plants, such as the gourd below for making music or ropes made from hemp.

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

Chelsea Physic Garden London with Kids

Family Activity Days

Chelsea Physic Garden runs several Family Activity Days during half-term and summer holidays, which are a great way for families to make the most of visiting the garden and discovering more about the plants. You can see the latest list of events, tours and workshops here on the Chelsea Physic Garden What’s On webpage. Select “Family” in the “Choose an event type” field for upcoming events and workshops for kids.

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

This April, Chelsea Physic Garden will have two Easter-themed Chocolate Workshops as well as an Easter trail during the Easter weekend. Read on for more details about the upcoming events and workshops during the Easter school holidays.

Easter Events and Workshops

Family Easter Chocolate Workshop | 7 and 12 April 2022 

Chelsea Physic Garden are running two Easter-themed Chocolate Workshops on 7 and 12 April from 11am to 1pm. Learn how cacao beans grow, how it is made into chocolate, and design your own chocolate treats with a provided selection of herbs, flavourings, and spices.

This workshop is designed for children ages 5 and up. One person will be admitted per ticket (cost is £20) and each participant will make a selection of chocolate treats. Children must hold tickets and be accompanied by at least one ticket-holding adult.

Book tickets for the chocolate workshop at Chelsea Physic Garden

Related: Easter Events and Activities in London with Kids

Easter Trail | 15, 17, 18 April 2022

The Chelsea Physic Garden will also have an Easter Trail around their beautiful Gardens on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. The Easter trail will take you around their 4-acre garden, where you and your family will discover more about the amazing world of plants. At the end, each trail entry will receive a chocolate treat or prize at the end.

Trail costs £5 per person (plus normal admission). Please book in advance. All children must be accompanied by an adult paying full admission or a ‘Friend of the Garden’.

Book tickets for the Easter Trail at Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

Chelsea Physic Garden London Address

Address: 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HS. Entrance is on Swan Walk, SW3.

Opening Hours: 11am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm); closed on Saturdays. Friends of Chelsea Physic Garden are welcome to enter the Garden from 10 am, an hour before the General public.

Food and Drink: The Tangerine Dream Café is the garden’s award-winning café serving fresh homemade food including light lunches and an afternoon tea with handmade cakes and lavender scones.

Tickets: Admission prices from October 2021 are £8.50 for adults; £6.50 children 5 to 15 years old; children under 5 years old enter free.

Closest Tube Stations: Sloane Square [Circle & District lines]; which is about a 15 minute walk away

https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/

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1 Comment

  1. Beautiful pictures and garden! Would love to visit one day!

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