Every year, over 150,000 people flock to visit the Chelsea Flower Show to see the vibrant displays and innovative garden designs created. It’s great for those who love gardening and beautiful flowers, and also for those who want a feel-good visit to London in the spring. It’s certainly one to put on your UK bucket list if you haven’t already been. You can buy tickets beforehand to secure your entrance time, but you’ll also need to think about how to reach the venue at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Here are our tips to getting there by private coach or minibus.
Why Choose Private Coach Hire?
With endless blooms and gardens to marvel at during this annual garden show, you’ll spend much of the day on your feet. When coupled with gorgeous sunshine as is often the case at the end of May, it can leave you feeling pretty tired, especially if you have a late entrance ticket (they’re open until 8pm). Private coach and minibus hire is an easy and reliable form of transport, especially if travelling in a group. You’ll usually be picked up from a designated location and dropped off at Battersea Park just a few minutes from the venue. It’s one of the most comfortable ways to travel thanks to luxury, air conditioned vehicles, helping you to avoid overcrowded public transport for a relaxing journey.
Not to Be Missed Displays & Gardens
All displays can be viewed from ground level, and the exhibits and marquees can often be walked through while the gardens aren’t designed for public access. There are many unique themed displays to admire, including those connected to health and well-being, food growth and urban living. As well as discovering the wide range of floral exhibits, the RHS Gardening Advice Stand is highly popular, giving you the chance to speak to experts. They encourage you to bring along photos of any plant issues you have, and they’ll impart their best advice.
Facilities at the Chelsea Flower Show
You should also plan to make your visit as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Most of the event is staged out in the open, so check the weather and pack accordingly. If planning a family day out, you should also be aware of restrictions, including no pushchairs, children under 5 or pets (other than assistance dogs) permitted to enter. There are ATMs within the grounds, but a small fee will apply, so take this into consideration. There’s a picnic and seating area located by the bandstand which often hosts performances from a range of entertainers and musicians, but you can also book at one of the many eateries, including a champagne and seafood restaurant, garden café and afternoon tea in The Drawing Room.
Plan Your Visit
If you’re planning a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show, get in touch with Mayday Travel for any coach hire requirements. We cover a wide area of the South East, including Surrey and London areas such as Deptford, Anerley, Penge and South Norwood. Contact us now on 020 8680 5111.