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Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR, England
+44 20 7881 5493
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Great historic site!

Very historic site. Over 300 years of history serving as a long term residence for army servicemen... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Michel d D
Shediac, Canada
Delightful tour by a most charming gentleman

We were met at the gate by a true gent bedecked in his scarlet coat He conducted us on a superbly... read more

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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 2 days ago

Very historic site. Over 300 years of history serving as a long term residence for army servicemen and women. Beautiful chapel, interesting concept. The resident are incredible and very respected by all Londoners. I was fortunate enough to Ben part of an official delegation, and...More

Thank Michel d D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were met at the gate by a true gent bedecked in his scarlet coat He conducted us on a superbly interesting tour of the hospital, explaining the creation for the hospital and life for its current residents A truly charming and wholly interesting insight...More

1  Thank Sarah1967d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful evening of music in beautiful historic surroundings the staff made us very welcome and the catering was excellent .

1  Thank caroletracey48
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chelsea Royal Hospital, particularly its chapel, hall and grounds, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and dating from Charles II's reign, is well worth a visit in its own right. But the grounds directly adjacent to Chelsea Embankment also play host to temporary fairs and exhibitions,...More

Thank futtock21
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on Founders Day, but the hospital can be visited at other times. The building is very impressive as are the grounds, there are of course the Chelsea Pensioners themselves who are a delight to talk to. The great hall, chapel and museum on...More

1  Thank Jackie T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great venue for music. ludovicio Einaudi was amazing! Ps do not rely on food being avail only 4-5 vans so q for 90mins or more before performance- best eat before you go. Otherwise brilliant venue

Thank ArrogantKitty
Reviewed 19 June 2017

I took my daughter to this concert for her Christmas present . The weather was kind and it was good to see some of the pensioners however .... I am an ordinary northern girl but I was brought up with manners . The amount of...More

1  Thank Roxie555
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Went to see Einaudi. The venue is lovely but the organisation of the evening was very poor: 1. There was no information about when the show would start, just that the gates would open at 5:30. 2. After queing to enter we were informed that...More

Thank Rob W
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Guest of an In Pensioner for the annual Founder's Day again. A fabulous day of wonderful British pomp and ceremony with the Chelsea Pensioners showing everyone how to parade. There is also a brilliant little gift shop open to the public as well as a...More

1  Thank Worcester_Sarah
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

A very special place looking after comrades who have served this country. A very Happy establishment beautifully looked after.

1  Thank lynetteslatter
Wealth courses through The King's Road, Chelsea's
upmarket artery of West London life packed with shops,
eateries and glitzy nightspots. For people-watching at
its best and luxury retail therapy that's largely
unrivalled, this area cannot be missed. But if this
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
3 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