RHS Chelsea Flower Show
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
3.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Love gardening? Fanatical about flowers? Then the RHS Chelsea Flower Show should definitely be top of your London list! Held in the gorgeous grounds of the prestigious Royal Hospital Chelsea each May, Britain’s largest flower show has been running for over 100 years, and is still the UK’s ultimate celebration of all things horticultural. From new plants to the latest garden design tricks - green-fingered visitors cannot fail to get inspired here!
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Neighbourhood: Chelsea
Wealth courses through The King's Road, Chelsea's upmarket artery of West London life packed with shops, eateries and glitzy nightspots. For people-watching at its best and luxury retail therapy that's largely unrivalled, this area cannot be missed. But if this showy street starts to overwhelm or a moment of price tag shock sends you reeling, a quick detour down pretty much any of many King's Road veins will reveal a quieter side of Chelsea. Here the stately Royal Hospital hosts its world-famous flower show, and the Thames rolls along at a lazy pace, with leafy Battersea Park and its Peace Pagoda beckoning from across the river.
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  • Amanda S
    Winsford, United Kingdom579 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I've Been To Chelsea Flower Show!
    First time at Chelsea Flower Show. I was amazed by how perfect the gardens and plants were. Not so impressed with how you had to shuffle along to see them as there were far too many people. We found the drink and food to be reasonably priced for a captive audience although we do go for cheaper items and made use of the free water taps to refill our bottles. What we didn't like was the lack of seating for the number of people. In the afternoon people needed to rest and so were sat and perched wherever they could find a spot. This meant display stands couldn't be accessed or seen because of people sitting on the edges. I was also disappointed that all the business stalls were expensive. I understand Chelsea Flower Show is a quality experience but it would have been nice to have a stand selling affordable souvenirs. For me this is now something I can say I've been to rather than saying I'll go again!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 June 2023
  • molly
    Greater London, United Kingdom287 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    BUSY!!
    I had wanted to go to chelsea Flower show for a while, just for the experience. I was fortunate to be given tickets for this year, took the train and caught the handy bus that is put on especially. The place was heaving with people, too many to make it pleasant to stroll around. It was literally a crawl pace and it made seeing the flower gardens really tricky. It was a hot day and we found the central area where there was live music, food outlets and drinks outlets. Mind you I wold advise taking food with you, a glass of Pimms was £16.50. I didn't check out the lobster or champagne bar. There are restaurants on site which can be booked, you can also have tea, but neither are cheap. There were plenty of deck chairs, mostly all taken, you can sit on the grass and still enjoy the music. All in all it was a good day, the plants and flowers were amazing, would advise comfy shoes as there is a lot of walking. It's not cheap to go to the RHS Flower show, but it's an experience worth trying once in your life.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 August 2023
  • MMC_Lady
    London, United Kingdom158 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chelsea Flower Show - Big Show Gardens, Big Crowds!
    Went to Chelsea Flower Show with my sister, it was our first time. The show gardens were magnificent without doubt and seeing them live instead of on TV was really special. The designers and their teams were so willing to explain their gardens’ designs and you can see why this show is so popular. The smaller gardens and the Pavilion were dreamy too, leaving you with lots of ideas and of course plants and seeds. However, food and drink was quite pricey on top of the entrance ticket price. There was not a lot of seating outside of the food halls and on a hot day sometimes you need to sit for ten minutes or so. It is still worth a visit but, maybe, go on a half-day ticket from 3pm onwards when the crowds have died down and its much easier to get around.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 February 2024
  • ParisgalChicagoIL
    The Villages, Florida720 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glorious Gardens!!
    There is nothing like the Chelsea Flower show! We had planned this 12 day trip to Paris then London ending with this show and heading back across the pond tomorrow and every dollar/every mile was worth it! I could post hundreds of pictures so please use your imagination…. Every flower and green plant you know and don’t know is here… is full bloom, watered to perfection and displayed in magical settings. I joined the RHS last year to gain early admission on the first day of the preview. A short taxi or water taxi ride from our London hotel. Wear sensible walking shoes.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
  • Jackie A
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely show - DISAPPOINTING AFTERNOON TEA
    Took my mum to see the garden show for her birthday! Booked months in advance, and one of the highlights to complete the whole experience was to enjoy a ‘British’ afternoon tea. Paid £151 upfront - for 2 for a ‘champagne and seafood’ afternoon tea at 3pm. Arrived 15min early for our booking and were told to wait outside while they turned over their lunch tables - eventually admitted at 15h15 Tables were not set, never received full cutlery, or a napkin. At 15h40 I eventually asked if someone could serve us. The menu on paper looked fantastic but the reality was WAY far from that. Half a Bite size savouries and a scone the size of an Oreo biscuit! Bland and NO taste! So disappointed! The show was enjoyable despite the rain!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 May 2024
  • Christopher T
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not everyone has a chauffeur to drop them at the gardens
    RHS seem to have forgotten to order shuttle buses this year. Great confusion at Victoria as to how to get from there to the show and no one to help. Similarly had to get back. Lots of elderly struggling with Sloane Square tube station stairs which is how they were suggested to go. Judging a bit inconsistent. St James garden overrated and old fashioned. Octavia Hill garden fab and under marked. Not sure the forest bathing one was really best in show. Certain sameness in gardens as a consequence of judging criteria which are driving gardens a particular way. Used to be better but show seems now to be decline.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
  • martin j
    Essex, United Kingdom105 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jungle of people
    It was mobbed, impossible to get a seat to eat anywhere and just too many people. RHS have sold way too many tickets for this event, it was difficult to see the displays. But for those displays we did manage to see, the architecture and sculptures ones were the best.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
  • SartreLives
    Kirkwall, United Kingdom286 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing plants and vendors
    First time at Chelsea, so excited couldn’t sleep the night before so it was easy to get up early and be in the queue at 7:35 for the 8 am open. The whole line of folk was excitable, like every festival these days there was a bag check. We had taken water with us and that was no problem. We had purchased the booklet with map and had studied both. We went in with a plan and stuck to it. The signage in the grounds were excellent and it was very easy to find items of interest. My main goal of being at Chelsea was to source vendors for plants and seeds that I can’t get locally. For this, the great pavilion was a wonderful resource. The vendors were so very helpful and I spent almost two hours enjoying the stands and making some small purchases of seeds and tubers that I could easily pack for travel. Even more important was seeing the merch and attaining contact details. Even the grounds were planted in a lovely fashion. CFS is busy. However, the only time it really bothered me was when the tv presenters and cameras were around, then people clustered around the cameras blocking the gardens and the paths. The food stalls were actually quite good, we enjoyed both the Vietnamese and the Wings on Swain Way. However, more seating in the grounds would be helpful, we walked over 4.38 miles in the show and I only saw part of one big garden. By the time I left I was too exhausted to care that I hadn’t seen the designer gardens.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 May 2024
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,786 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots and lots of people
    We arrived at the Chelsea Flower Show within half an hour of it opening and it was quite busy. By the time we left almost three hours later it was difficult to move because of the crowd numbers. I'm glad it wasn't a wet day with umbrellas everywhere! The best part for me was the pavilion which was relatively quiet when we went in. Lots of colourful flowers on show. Stunning. My wife liked the gardens which, quite frankly, were almost impossible to get to through the crowds without lots of pushing and shoving. When we did get a place to view them, they seemed a tad underwhelming to me. Not all, mind you. Some were very nice. There weren't as many as I expected and the colour was subdued in many. There are also lots of garden-related retail shops which were quite interesting. And lots of plants for sale which weren't of interest to us as we can't gat them back to Australia. Very popular. Very touristy. Very busy. And not cheap, including the food offerings.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2024
  • M K
    6 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too many people and not enough seating for people to rest
    I have been wishing to attend this flower show for many years and bought a whole day ticket for £90. We went there around 9.30 am and started inside the pavilion. It was a wonderful display of colourful and vibrant display of beautiful flowers. Around 11 am we started moving outside of the pavilion and was shocked to see the huge number of people everywhere! It was impossible to move around easily, the food and cafe places were packed, not enough tables or chairs to consume beverages, and no where there were any benches or chairs for sitting down ! So many elderly people were unable to find a place to rest their legs or sit down to have a meal. Obviously there is a lack of appropriate planning in terms of number of tickets sold the provision of seating. There were also many more shops than actual garden displays. Hope this can be improved for next year.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 May 2024
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK2 767 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Mixed feelings. We arrived at about 1230 and stayed until 730 pm. Having never been before I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Negatives:
The crowds are definitely a big issue. It was like stepping into an army of ants on the march, go with the flow or enter a battle!

The food outlets were predominantly over priced (£10-£15 for two coffees and one cake!!) and if you brought a picnic with you there was nowhere to eat it as the designated area had flooded on the first two days

Complete lack of seating areas. Personally I think the RHS could sacrifice some of the shopping outlets in favour of customer comfort

The show gardens, which was one of the main attractions for me, are really hard to view and appreciate as again there are so many people all trying to view the same thing. Additionally even when you do manage to hit the front you cannot photograph any garden in its entirety because of the rope barriers in your way. It means you have to sort of work your way around each garden which needless to say this takes time!

Gardening enthusiasts join the RHS and I have to say the benefits are fantastic but this seemed to be almost constructed solely for the upper classes. Us everyday folk, looking at the reviews, may never return

Positives:

The Great Pavilion was magnificent. The chosen vendors were knowledgeable, friendly and more than helpful throughout and there were some lovely displays etc

The balcony/ container garden area added another dimension to the show

The brochure being available in advance was useful to plan our day, as beginners to the show although I do agree that £15 is a little steep!
Written 11 June 2024
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Melissa B
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
2024 was my 4th year attending the flower show and it was the worst! Not only had the price increased to a shocking £90 per ticket (for members) the venue was so packed you could barely walk around much less see the exhibitions. I was soo disappointed I left early because it was better to watch it on telly than try to fight myself and partner through the crowds - it’s the worst it’s ever been and the food and drink prices were ridiculously expensive!

Not only will I not be going back I will be cancelling my RHS membership because I feel really ripped off and so disappointed.
Written 4 June 2024
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julie k
Norwich, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Absolutely lovely will definitely return, good food and lovely atmosphere and beautiful gardens. Had a really lovely day
Written 3 June 2024
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Workerbee
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Please please sort the seating! Bringing elderly parents, there was nowhere to sit. There used to be such a large amount of seating and space, have you increased capacity
Written 2 June 2024
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Anne L
Cardiff, UK4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
First and only visit to Chelsea for me. I won’t be going back sadly.
Too many people, not nearly enough seating for the hoards of people there. I felt completely fleeced by the end of my visit. £96 entry per person, afternoon tea for two £150 that I wouldn’t pay £50 for anywhere else. You didn’t even get a pot of tea on your table and had to keep asking for a refill. £32 for two plastic cups of Pims. £15 for a programme because that was the only way you could get a map of the show ground.
There were supposed to be water filling stations to refill your bottle - impossible to see/find because of the crowds.
Lack of places to buy soft drinks. Alcohol was available everywhere you looked but not a juice or squash to be seen. RHS should be ashamed - very poor show
Written 30 May 2024
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521frances
Renfrew, UK36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
First time at the show and quite disappointing
Main area inside just lovely. But outside the gardens were bland and uninteresting no scented blooms mostly sculptured and wild. The crowds were three or four deep so impossible to see anything. Better to watch it on the TV Far too many shops selling garden ware that you can buy on the High Street or your local Garden Centre. While I realise you can’t sit everyone. There was definitely not enough seating areas Then wee thought we’d have a Pims. £17. REALLY. !!!!! Just now all becoming a greed filled experience. Especially having the nerve to charge £15 for a guide book after you’ve paid the exorbitant entry fee. I must say I had a far better day out and saw beautiful flowers at RHS Wisley in Woking a few years back.
Written 30 May 2024
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Mel
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was my first time and we didn't arrive until about 4.30 as we had heard that going late would be less busy. It was still busy, but you could get to see each garden fine, and we saw all that we wanted to in the time available.
The gardens were all very nice - my only criticism was that, to a layman - and I'm not a gardener - they were all quite similar, e.g. lots of hard structure, naturalistic planting, purple/white colour scheme, water features. I guess these things are on trend. All very full/busy, which I understand as they are probably trying to show a lot, but a bit more variety would have been nice. Personally I like simple designs and my husband likes formal gardens - neither were really represented here. It seemed like a lot of the gardens were trying to give messages about sustainability etc - I didn't go there to be educated but this may appeal to some.
The displays in the central tent were lovely - some very creative displays and beautiful flowers. And many of the shop displays were equally as good as, if not better than some of the gardens. Also, the setting is beautiful. I hadn't visited the Chelsea pensioners home before and it was interesting to see. We also saw a couple of celebs. Overall it was a good few hours in a lovely setting.
Written 29 May 2024
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Kay P
Barry, UK249 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
So much is seen on television that I think expectations are high.We attended on the final day of the show where it is possible to buy display flowers etc.It was a hot day and very crowded.There are very few seating areas and finding one is very difficult.Food and drinks are well overpriced but we did know this..The displays are really stunning especially the garden with driftwood sculptures (amazing).We bought a few things and I think that is what is expected.Having been this once and being a bit shocked by London prices once will be enough.
Written 29 May 2024
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Frances D
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This RHS Chelsea Flower Show was one massive disappointment. I have watched the hype, and building of gardens etc., for several years. I had expectations of amazing flower shows, gardens. It was like a vast gardenware supermarket with food halls in between. I have never seen so many stalls selling furniture, lawnmowers, spades, garden mirrors and ornaments - all the kind of good that can be purchased at any garden store. Any gardens which may have been worth seeing were 10 bodies deep - and we arreived for it opening. It was impossible to catch more that a meagre glimpse at them. The rest of the 'space' was dedicated to eating places!! at exhorbitant prices. Several stalls exhibited vases of cut flowers. Many parks around Britain have more sophisticated and attractive displays that anything I witnessed that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Written 28 May 2024
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dtiwine2
N Ireland36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I had read the previous dreadful reviews on Tripadvisor after I had booked my tickets and began to think I had made a big mistake in going. In. However I was determined to have a good time and used all the reviews to help me with research as to how best to see everything and to miss the queues etc. Firstly I joined the RHS so as to be able to attend on members day. The subscription for it and the discounted price for members tickets and the ability to be able to go on members day was worth it. Read Dan Cooper and Garden Ninja for good guidelines on preparation for the show. We arrived at 8.30am after getting the tube to Sloane Square. It’s about a 15 minute walk to CFS through a very nice residential area with some nice flower displays on the way. Unfortunately we didn’t realise that Chelsea village shops had all gone to town with displays so will remember that for future visits. It was well organised and we passed through quickly. First thing was to visit the toilet nearest the entrance (and a good tip is to come back to these toilets during the day as they are not as busy). We went to the show gardens straight away. They were busy but people moved quickly enough. You will never really get the opportunity to see them all in great detail but it’s good to visit and then watch them all on BBC iPlayer at leisure. We did visit a cafe for a coffee and croissant to sit down a while. It was at 10 and it wasn’t that busy. We had brought a back pack and picnic and a large bin bag in case we had to sit on the ground but this wasn’t needed as unexpectedly RHS had a stand from which to borrow picnic rugs. People had brought along their own wine and bubbles. This is in a nice tree area with picnic tables. Do go before 11.30am if you want the chance of a seat/picnic rug. The rugs were big and people shared. Unfortunately the rain started shortly after 12 (and it rained non stop for two days) it meant the Pavilion was crowded. However it’s very big so just go with the flow. The displays are truly wonderful and you will get some great ideas . The retail units were really good and quite classy and beautifully displayed.
All in all I absolutely loved it and would say to people not to be put off by negative reviews. How anyone expects to go to a show that has about 25000 people a day visiting it and not expect there to be queues is beyond me!
Written 28 May 2024
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