Garden tours

Garden tours

The Royal College of Physicians' garden isn't your typical garden. It is unique in that almost every one of the 1000+ species of plant here has a link to medicine.


The myriad of stories they tell come from diverse cultures, different countries and from every age in recorded history. The real joy of the garden is in its unique and bespoke collection of plants that offer living examples of the history of medicine from ancient Egypt to the life-saving prescription drugs of today. 

Admission to our museum and gardens is free. On arrival please sign in at our reception desk where you will be given directions and details of available rooms and exhibitions, as well as a free multimedia museum visitor guide packed with information about RCP history and architecture.

There are also plants with names that 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.

Dr Henry Oakeley
Dr Henry Oakeley, giving a tour of the RCP medical garden

Museum and gardens


Admission to our museum and gardens is free. On arrival please sign in at our reception desk where you will be given directions and details of available rooms and exhibitions, as well as a free multimedia museum visitor guide packed with information about RCP history and architecture.

Groups of six or more can visit the RCP but they must be led by one of our authorised guides. Please contact us at history@rcplondon.ac.uk to make any arrangements.

Garden tours 


Tours by the garden fellows are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm from March to October. Please call +44 (0)20 3075 1200 to book.

Group tours can also be arranged Monday–Friday by sending an email with details of the group, along with the preferred date and time, to garden@rcplondon.ac.uk with the subject ‘Garden tour’. Tours are usually 11am–12:30pm (tea/coffee/biscuits at 10:30am) and 2–3:30pm (tea/coffee/biscuits at 3:30pm) but other times can be arranged.

Patrice Moor: life and death in the garden - paintings inspired by the RCP Medicinal Garden
The medicinal garden of the Royal College of Physicians