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Chelsea Flower Show tickets, information and dates for 2021

Discover everything you need to know about Chelsea Flower Show tickets and more for 2021

After cancelling RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2020 and running a Virtual Chelsea Flower Show instead, there has been much anticipation over whether the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will go ahead in 2021.


The good news is that the RHS has announced that Chelsea Flower Show will take place in 2021, albeit over a larger number of days and for fewer people. For Chelsea Flower Show tickets, all the information you’ll need is below, along with more information on where Chelsea Flower Show is, when it is and what you can expect from the flower show this coming year.

We’ll update this article with information as we have it, so keep this article bookmarked to make sure you don’t miss all the information on Chelsea Flower Show tickets, dates and more in the months leading up to the show.

And for more Chelsea Flower Show coverage, head to our hub page, where you’ll find interviews with Chelsea gardeners, designers and more.

For how to buy tickets, how much they are and more information, see our summary below.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
© Georgi Mabee

Chelsea Flower Show tickets

Where is the Chelsea Flower Show?

It usually takes place at the Royal Hospital Grounds, Chelsea, London SW34SR.

When is Chelsea Flower Show?

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from Tuesday 18 to Sunday 23 May 2020.

Usually the days are open from 8am to 8pm Tuesday to Sunday Chelsea is open from 8am to 8pm, apart from on the Friday, which is open until 10pm, and Sunday which is open until 5.30pm.

How much are tickets to Chelsea Flower Show?

The cost of tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show 2021 start at £66.75 for members per day, and £83.75 for public tickets per day. On the two members only days, tickets are from £94.75.

Where can I buy tickets to Chelsea Flower Show?

Members can buy Chelsea Flower Show tickets from now, from here, while the public can buy tickets from 30 October from the same place. 

What will the COVID-19 restrictions be at Chelsea Flower Show?

This year there is one extra day of Chelsea Flower Show, so the show will run for six days in total. There will also be a reduced number of visitors allowed in order to make sure COVID-19 restrictions are being adhered to.

Other Covid safety measures include:

Socially distanced queuing, extra parking and park and ride, space changes, enhanced cleaning, cashless transactions, masks in indoor areas, flexible ticket exchange for ticket holders who experience symptoms.

Is there a preview day?

Yes, Chelsea Flower Show has a members day on the 18th and 19th May. Usually this is when members of the royal family and celebrities attend Chelsea.

The CAMFED Garden, which won gold at Chelsea last year
© Simon Bourne

What do I need on the day?

Usually the answer to this is very dependent on the weather! Read our article on ten essentials for visiting the Chelsea Flower Show.

What’s new this year?

While nothing concrete has been announced, we can expect that many of the themes and gardens that weren’t able to exhibit in 2020 will appear at this year’s show. In the original line-up, there was a brand new category for 2020: Urban Gardens, which would have focused on gardens of limited, or ‘modest’ space. For a few example, head to our feature on some beautiful tiny urban gardens. 

Do we know who will be doing what at Chelsea Flower Show?

At the moment nothing has been confirmed, but we can expect a few treats that we were expecting from last year, which you can read about here.


What else can you do at Chelsea Flower Show?

Usually you can eat drink and be merry. There’s the Great Pavilion, which features growers from all over the world showcasing blooms, and in which you can buy the best gardening kit around along with plants for your own space. The Great Pavilion is also an opportunity to discover more about recent advances in the world of horticulture, including up-to-the-minute research. There’s restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and many opportunities to shop till you drop.