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Royal College of Physicians' Medicinal Garden

Royal College of Physicians' Medicinal Garden
(Photo: Diana Jarvis)

The Garden

The Medicinal Garden contains over 1,000 different plants connected to the history and practice of medicine worldwide. They are arranged according to their geographical origin around the modernist headquarters of the 500-year-old Royal College of Physicians. All plants are labelled and some have colour-coded texts highlighting their links to doctors in medicine, modern pharmaceuticals, treating conditions affecting the lungs and the heart, and to Shakespeare's poetry. Notable collections include citrus, cycads, South African flora and an area dedicated to plants used by 17th century physicians. The garden aims to give delight and generate interest, displaying beautiful plants from around the world while offering insights into their qualities and uses.

Head Gardener: Jane Knowles

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Visitor Information

Saturday 10:00–17:00
Learn how plants were used as medicines over the past five millennia to the present with free conducted tours given by Garden Fellows (physicians from different fields of medicine) throughout the day. Tea and light refreshments available. Toilets open. Free trail leaflets, plant lists and some books for sale. Information on all the plants can be found at
Picnics allowed.
Main garden at end of St Andrews Place. Access from Outer Circle, NOT Albany St or Peto Place
Nearest postcode: NW1 4LE
Map of nearby bus stops
Regent's Park, Great Portland Street
Cycle hire station
Longford Street (Map)
Disabled toilet on site
Car Parking
No parking on site.
The garden is on a slope and there is a brick path with a handrail down one side of the main lawn. Most of the garden is accessible via brick paths. There are lifts inside the building.
Dogs on leads

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