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Chelsea Flower Show

Last updated: 20 February, 2024

Glastonbury for garden-lovers, this five-day flower show comes to West London each May, drawing crowds of plant, flower and landscaping enthusiasts to its displays in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Mini, themed gardens might imitate a Japanese garden or create a fairytale setting; stands for landscaping, furniture and accessory companies inspire ideas for your garden at home; and clouds of diverse flower varieties create a rainbow of blooms. The overall feel is Alice in Wonderland meets Gardeners’ World.


Price from: £107
Minimum age: 5
Age suitable: 18+
Frequency: annually
When: Third week of May
Duration: 5 days

Getting there & doing it

Tickets go on sale in November-December, and they do sell out, so book at least a couple of months in advance.

When to do it

The show usually runs from Tuesday to Saturday on the third week of May; the first two days are only open to Royal Horticultural Society Members, who also enjoy discounts on tickets. Friday and Saturday are the busiest days.