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“Chelsea Flower Show” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR, England (Chelsea)
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Ranked #78 of 853 Attractions in London
Type: History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
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Owner description: The Royal Hospital Chelsea was founded in 1682 by King Charles II as the Home of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners. As well as being a wonderful home to the Chelsea Pensioners it is also one of London's best kept secrets as a beautiful, tranquil place to visit.Set in 66 acres of grounds in Chelsea, small groups can visit the Royal Hospital's museum, Souvenir Shop, Great Hall, Wren Chapel, Figure Court (with a stunning statue of King Charles II by Grinling Gibbons), Ranelagh Gardens (subject to the time of year) and the Cafe between 10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm Monday to Saturday (excluding the Museum and Souvenir Shop which are currently closed on a Saturday and the Cafe which is only open until lunchtime on a weekends).For larger groups of 10 or more, conducted tours led by a Chelsea Pensioner are offered for £65 per group.Coach parking is also available.The Great Hall, State Apartments, Prince of Wales Hall and outside spaces are also available for hire.
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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“Chelsea Flower Show”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

A really lovely day out, if you go prepared. It is crowded, and places to sit down are hard to find - so consider taking a light seat or a mat or rug to sit on. Food is expensive and there are queues so consider taking a picnic, or maybe add to your day out and book yourself in for a lovely lunch or afternoon tea. There were dauntingly long queues for the ladies' toilets, but surprisingly the queues moved very quickly so that was ok. The queue for the flower arrangements (about 20 minutes) was well worthwhile. The show catalogue, which you need to get a map of the Show, cost £10!! You could just find your own way round, there are signposts. I am glad we went, but we won't be going back as we have the Harrogate Flower Show in Yorkshire which is just as nice. (Beware, small children and babies are not allowed in)

Visited June 2013
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“Chelsea Flower Show”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Excellent experience for any wannabe gardener....a dearth of ideas and expertise. Amazing planting schemes .....mainly for small gardens ........and an excellent idea to have seed mixtures ready packed that replicate the gardens on show.
Wonderful location, easy access by tube
Definitely needs a couple of days in the grounds for the whole experience to sink in.

Visited May 2013
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“Blooming Marvellous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Sorry about the title couldn't resist it.

This institution was celebrating it's 100th anniversary, & what a place it is if you appreciate all things horticultural.
Stunning show gardens, brilliant flower displays, the magnificent shows in the Great Pavillion, all set in Chelsea by the Thames. Add sunny weather and Pimms, and what more can you ask for?

A London legend lives on...

Visited May 2013
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“A place you must go at least once”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We loved everything about the flower show, WONDERFUL.
Interesting to see the BBC TV filming there for the tv shows and seeing the show gardens we had seen on the tv just days before.

Visited May 2013
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Harlow, United Kingdom
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“As always fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Another fantastic show at Chelsea. Despite the torrential downpour on the afternoon of 24 May 2013 it was a still a great show. Fantastic show gardens and the main tent was an amazing array of flowers and plants. This was a 50th birhday present and I was not disappointed. If I had one criticism to make it would be that there are not enough seats around the gardens for people who need to rest and cannot stand for the whole of their time at the show. Restaurants etc. are also full to capacity and on both occasions we have been we have not been able to find a free seat anywhere.

Visited May 2013
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