Visitors on a guided tour in the Garden
Dr Oakeley giving a tour of the Medicinal Garden

This May step into spring with us for an evening enjoying our Medicinal Garden and Museum. Discover how plants from the garden have been, and in some cases still are, used in medicine with guided tours from our expert Garden fellows. Plus explore related items from our library and archives in a mini-display.

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Explore the garden

The garden will be open to explore throughout the evening and there is the opportunity to join an expert guide for a tour of the Garden every half hour from 6pm until 8pm.

The RCP Medicinal 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 collection of plants that offer living examples of the history of medicine from ancient Egypt to the life-saving prescription drugs of today.

Explore our historic collections

Discover how some of the medicinal plants have been used historically in a mini-display of items from our library, archives and museum, including early medical recipes.

Plus, take the opportunity to explore the rest of our museum after hours including:

  • Exhibition ‘Fortitude: healthcare workers’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic’
  • Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars
  • fine art portraits and ceremonial silver
  • the fascinating Symons collection of artefacts which would have been used by physicians and for self-care in the home
  • the Prujean chest of 17th century surgical instruments
  • an extraordinary set of rare 17th-century human remains

The Regent’s Perk café will be open for refreshments throughout the evening.


At 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm or 7.30pm

Join an expert tour in the Medicinal Garden with one of our Garden Fellows.

5.30pm – 8pm

Drop into the Medicinal Garden, discover our mini-display of special materials from our archives and explore the RCP Museum collections throughout the building and visit the Fortitude exhibition.

About your ticket

Please note the ticket  for this event covers access for the whole the whole evening from 5.30pm to 8pm. You can drop in on any of the tours at 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm or 7.30pm. When not on a tour you can enjoy the Garden independently, explore our Museum collections and ‘Fortitude’ exhibition, and discover the temporary display of materials from our Archives and Heritage Library relating to the Medicinal Garden with an expert from our curatorial team.