School visits

Educational visits for all Key Stages (and EYFS) can be arranged to suit a wide range of Garden related topics and the needs of your students. With this ‘tailor-made’ approach, we can provide you and your class with a unique, valuable and affordable educational experience from £4.50 per student. To view a typical day’s timetable for a primary school visit, click here. More information is available at how to book a school visit.

We now have very limited availability for school visits to the Garden in 2016. But we would be delighted to visit schools on outreach where there is a lot more flexibility and plenty of opportunities are still available.

 For more information you might like to attend one of our Teachers’ Evenings

Outreach Package for schools and colleges

Would you like us to visit your school with an assortment of plants, artefacts, animals and other resources? The Education Department can now come to your school to speak at assemblies and run tailor-made workshops throughout the day. The topics we have already taught in this way are: Plants that poison and cure, 17th Century medicine, Shelf Life, Animals and plants in the local environment, ‘Literacy in the landscape’, Materials, Olympic Plant Wreaths. This Outreach Package is conditional of at least one follow-up visit to Chelsea Physic Garden For more information, or to book, please call 020 7349 6474;

Booking a visit

Bookings for school visits can be made for Mondays to Fridays during school hours. Visits can be for a whole day (typically 10am-2.30pm) or for half a day (10am-12pm/12.30pm-2.30pm). Lunches can be eaten in our classroom or, on fine days, outdoors on the Lawn. To book a visit, please call the Education Department on 020 7349 6453; Email: Please note: please book early for your chosen school date as available slots fill up quickly and well in advance. For example, by mid-January 2016, we were fully booked for that academic year.

Half Day
Full Day
£5.50 per student*
£7 per student*
Outreach Package  Where we visit your school with a conditional follow-up visit to the Garden (not included in this price)
Teacher Training (CPD)
£45 per teacher
£90 per teacher
*Minimum charge is for 20 students

Please note: Teachers are required to come for a preliminary visit to see the Garden, discuss the activities, make sure they fit the chosen topic(s) and to see the layout of the Garden and its facilities before making a booking. To see a typical day’s timetable for a primary school visit, click here, and note that we are flexible and can tailor a day to your requirements. A Risk Assessment for educational visits can be downloaded here (PDF/33Kb)

 Learning Topics

A typical educational visit can include a selection of the topics listed below and is usually cross-curricular. All visits tend to include a general tour of the Garden and glasshouses, self-led activities, botanical art and artefact handling and the opportunity for each student to plant a seed and take it away. We can also help you to create personalised workshops, so please contact us if your chosen topic is not mentioned below.

Frequently requested Key Stage 1 topics:

Frequently requested Key Stage 2 topics:

Topics for secondary schools and colleges: