THE RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a feast of floral and landscaping beauty that takes place annually.
Also known as the Great Spring Show, it’s held by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Here’s more about the event that first started in 1912.
Where is the Chelsea Flower Show 2019?
The show is held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which is a retirement and nursing home.
It is a 66-acre site for Army veterans.
In 2019 the show ran from Tuesday, May 21 until Saturday, May 25 .
It showcases floral and landscape gardens, with some famous centrepieces such as the floral marquee.
How do you get to the Royal Hospital?
The Royal Hospital is located in Chelsea, West London, a stone’s throw from the banks of the Thames.
The address is London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR.
There are a number of ways to get to the show, and the official website has a handy information section.
You can get to there by bus, train, tube, or shuttle bus, or you could even walk.
Bus numbers 11, 137, 211, 360, 170, 44 and 452 stop closest to the showground, while bus numbers 19, 22, 319 and C1 stop at Sloane Square.
But be aware the 360 bus will not be stopping at bus stop CH at the Bull Ring Gate, Chelsea Embankment.
This bus stop is suspended during RHS Chelsea Flower Show week.
Sloane Square Tube station (on the District and Circle Lines) is a 10-minute walk from the showground.
London Victoria is the closest train station to the show, and from there it’s roughly a 17-minute walk, or you can take the Transport for London shuttle bus.
Transport for London is putting on a shuttle service from Victoria Station to the show.
Chelsea Flower Show Victoria Shuttle bus number 811.
- Tuesday 21 May–Friday 24 May 2019
Buses will depart from Victoria Station, Buckingham Palace Road Stop Z5 every 10-15 minutes, from 7am to 5pm.
Buses will depart from Chelsea Bridge Road (closest exit Barrack Gate) every 10 minutes from 10.30am to 8.30pm.
- Saturday 25 May 2019
Buses will depart from Victoria Station, Buckingham Palace Road Stop Z5 every 10-15 minutes, from 7am to 4pm.
Buses will depart from Chelsea Bridge Road (closest exit Barrack Gate) every 10 minutes from 10.30am to 7.20pm.
Prices are £4 adult single, £4 concession single (senior citizens, children and travelcard holders), and £6 adult return, £5 concession return.
Cycle racks are available at Burton’s Court Car Park, opposite the London Gate entrance – postcode SW3 4SR.
If you’re taking your car to the show, there is parking space available in Battersea Park.
Spaces can be pre-booked when you buy your tickets to the show, and there are 2,000 spaces available from Tuesday to Saturday.
The area is roughly a 20-minute walk from the show, and if you want to park there use postcode SW11 4BY in your sat nav.
Alternatively, a park & ride service is available, the cost of which is included in the parking charge.
You can arrive by river with MBNA Thames Clippers to Cadogan Pier, or Battersea Power Station.
The RB6 service operates during weekday peak times, with a frequent service to BPS Pier (RB1 AM peak, RB6 and RB2 services) both midweek and weekend.
The pier is approximately a 15-minute pleasant walk from Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Visitors with an afternoon ticket (valid from 3.30pm) or an evening ticket (valid from 5.30pm) cannot be admitted to the show earlier than the times specified.
Coach parking is available at Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ.
It costs £50 per day to park, with the entrance for coaches Rosary Gate, off Queenstown Circus, and a permit is required to drop off coach passengers.
More information can be found on your ticket.
Do the Chelsea Pensioners live there?
The Chelsea Pensioners live at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
The site is open to any former soldier of the British Army over the age of 65.
Veterans can apply to be an In-pensioner if they face spending their twilight years alone.
The Chelsea Pensioners live at the Grade I and II listed Royal Hospital Chelsea, after the home was founded for them by King Charles II 325 years ago.
Currently, around 300 Army vets live at the hospital, seeing action in the Second World War, Korea, Cyprus and the Falklands.
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