Posted: 21/03/2013 at 20:43
My tip for Chelsea is to get one of the afternoon only tickets - you are allowed in at 3pm. It is cheaper, for a start, and by the time you get to 6.30pm the crowds really thin out. By 7.30 (it closes at 8pm) you have Main Avenue to yourself - wonderful. I guess it only works if you live close enough to London not to worry about travelling home after.
I also love Hampton Court - agree that parking can sometimes be a nightmare - but the last few years has been much better. It far more spacious, and easier to look round the nursery stands than Chelsea - which is really just show gardens and the flower marquees.