Guide to visiting the Chelsea Flower Show

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a prestigious event held annually in London, celebrating horticulture, garden design, and floral creativity. Here’s a guide to help you make the most of your visit:

  1. Dates and Location:

    • The show typically takes place in late May at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
    • The address is London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 4SR
  2. Opening Times (2024):

    • Tuesday – Wednesday (RHS Members’ Days): 8 am – 8 pm
    • Thursday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
    • Friday Chelsea Late Event: 5:30 pm – 10 pm
    • Saturday: 8 am – 5:30 pm (sell-off of displays begins at 4 pm)
  3. Tickets and Gift Vouchers:

    • Tickets are now on sale. If booking RHS member tickets, ensure you have a valid membership at the time of the event.
    • Consider giving the gift of a memorable day out with RHS Flower Shows Gift Vouchers (valid for 1 year).
  4. Getting There:

    • Public Transport: Use the Transport for London Journey Planner to find the best route by bus, tube, or train.
    • Tube: Sloane Square tube station (District and Circle Lines) is a 10-minute walk from the showground.
    • Train: London Victoria is the closest train station.
    • Shuttle Bus: Shuttle buses operate from Battersea Park, dropping off and picking up at the Bull Ring Gate entrance. The service runs between 7 am and 7:30 pm (Tuesday–Friday) and 6 pm on Saturday.
  5. Parking:

    • Public Parking in Battersea Park: Pre-book parking with your tickets. Battersea Park is outside the congestion zone but within the ULEZ Charging Zone.
    • Alternatively, use the park & ride service, included in the parking charge. Buses operate between Battersea Park and the showground’s Bull Ring Gate entrance.
  6. Explore the Show:

    • Show Gardens: Marvel at stunning garden designs by top landscape architects.
    • Floral Marquee: Discover rare plants, flowers, and expert advice.
    • Artisan Gardens: Explore smaller, innovative gardens.
    • Great Pavilion: Admire award-winning displays of plants and flowers.
    • Shopping: Visit garden supply stands and find unique products.
  7. Tips:

    • Arrive Early: Beat the crowds and enjoy the gardens.
    • Stay for Lunch: Savor delicious food and drinks available on-site.
    • Infants and Strollers: Note that they are not allowed.

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