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Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR, England
+44 20 7881 5493
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A friend of the Chelsea Pensioners

My wife and I visited the Royal Hospital Chelsea last weekend. I know several pensioners but did... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jim R
Douglas, United Kingdom
A gem to visit in Chelsea

We were initially surprised that you can just walk into the grounds of the Royal Hospital- without... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert B
North Berwick, United Kingdom
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The Royal Hospital Chelsea was founded in 1682 by King Charles II as the home of the Chelsea Pensioners. As well as being a wonderful home for retired service personnel, it is also one of London's best kept secrets! For the best overview of the history of the Hospital, plus fascinating insights into life as a Chelsea Pensioner today, why not book one of the daily walking tours? These last around ninety minutes and are always led by one of the Chelsea Pensioners, who will take great pride in showing you around their fascinating home. Tours include the Royal Hospital's Great Hall, Wren Chapel, Figure Court, Ranelagh Gardens (subject to the time of year) museum and gift shop. Tours begin at 10:00am and 1.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). Please note that this tour covers internal and external spaces, and will include stairs.
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Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR, England
+44 20 7881 5493
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I visited the Royal Hospital Chelsea last weekend. I know several pensioners but did not give them advance knowledge. We visited the Cafe, Museum, Chapel and dinning hall as well as being in the grounds during a Drum head service, We were...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were initially surprised that you can just walk into the grounds of the Royal Hospital- without paying a fee- but you can and it is well-worth a visit. The Wren Chapel and the Great Hall (open at limited times) are spectacular and it is...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very few people are aware that this venue is open to the public, let alone that it is free entry. The places to see are the magnificent Great Hall (the Pensioners' dining room), the Wren Chapel, and the museum. There is also a gift shop...More

Thank Cicerone-Nick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend of mine from my Army career has just become a Chelsea Pensioner and we went to visit him at the Royal Hospital Chelsea last weekend. The grounds and buildings are truly stunning and we were fortunate to have lunch in the great hall...More

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 23 September 2017

You would not normally think of taking a 3 year-old to a retirement home, but the Royal Hospital was a hit with our little grand-daughter. First find one of the two entrances. We walked all the way down the Chelsea Bridge Road and eventually found...More

Thank Su7anne
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This is a home for retired army people. It has lovely quiet gardens, and beautiful houses (mostly the church and the dining room). Entrance is free, but there are guided tours by the pensionaires, which cost money and worth every penny.

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Wonderful joyous a delight enlightening culture red great place Go and have a look it's great Not much else to say

Thank ian g
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Most of us know the Chelsea Pensioners in their red jackets, but how many know the whole background to the Royal Hospital. Visiting the complex makes for a fascinating experience and we were there for several hours, splitting our time with a coffee break in...More

Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 14 September 2017

I wouldn't go far out of my way, but if you are nearby, this is worth an hour or so. The grounds are immaculate and the 2-3 room museum nicely tells the background of the facility and the life of those who live there. In...More

Thank nagled
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

We visited the grounds just because we saw the sign for a cafe. What a place. Tucked away the cafe is clean spacious with outdoor space you can share with the pensioners. The food is not expensive and the pensioners may be there as well...More

Thank c_wicks234
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showy street starts to overwhelm or a moment of price
tag shock sends you reeling, a quick detour down
pretty much any of many King's Road veins will reveal
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Conrad S
4 July 2017|
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Response from salsakarl | Reviewed this property |
There is no charge
22 February 2016|
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Response from danjor44 | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry I do not know .best if you phone the royal hospital on 02078815214. to find out
29 November 2015|
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Response from ToursRHC | Property representative |
Hello there, As per the replies above, I can confirm that we do not have any rooms available to rent. The Hospital is primarily a home for veteran soldiers and so we do not allow overnight access for members of the general... More