Medicinal Garden

The Royal College of Physicians' garden contains over 1,100 plants all with links to medicine. The myriad stories they tell come from diverse cultures, different countries and from every age in recorded history.

The garden has been beautifully designed and is a wonderfully calm space in the centre of London. The real joy of the garden is in its unique and bespoke collections of plants that offer living examples of the history of medicine from the era of the pyramids of Egypt to today’s life-saving prescription drugs.

[The plants] offer an illuminating window into the history, beliefs and culture of medicine through the ages.

There are also plants whose names commemorate physicians such as Rudbeck, Dahl, Fuchs, Kniphof and Zinn and a descendant of the tree under which Hippocrates taught medical students 2,400 years ago. Many of the plants have no current medical use but they offer an illuminating window into the history, beliefs and culture of medicine through the ages.

Garden podcasts

Listen to our gardeners and garden fellows discuss a myriad of topics related to the 1000+ medicinal plants found in the garden on our regular podcast series.

Garden tours

Free tours of the medicinal gardens are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm from March to October. To book call +44 (0)20 3075 1200

Group tours can be arranged with the social events manager by phone +44 (0)20 7034 4901 or email social.events@rcplondon.ac.uk.

Visiting

Garden location, accessibility and journey planning information (including transport accessibility) is available on the RCP Visiting page.

If you would rather discuss visiting arrangements with staff at the RCP please contact us via email at reception@rcplondon.ac.uk, or by telephone on +44 (0)20 3075 1200 or +44 (0)20 3075 1363.