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Review of Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR, England (Chelsea)
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Ranked #78 of 853 Attractions in London
Type: History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
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Owner description: The Royal Hospital Chelsea was founded in 1682 by King Charles II as the Home of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners. As well as being a wonderful home to the Chelsea Pensioners it is also one of London's best kept secrets as a beautiful, tranquil place to visit.Set in 66 acres of grounds in Chelsea, small groups can visit the Royal Hospital's museum, Souvenir Shop, Great Hall, Wren Chapel, Figure Court (with a stunning statue of King Charles II by Grinling Gibbons), Ranelagh Gardens (subject to the time of year) and the Cafe between 10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm Monday to Saturday (excluding the Museum and Souvenir Shop which are currently closed on a Saturday and the Cafe which is only open until lunchtime on a weekends).For larger groups of 10 or more, conducted tours led by a Chelsea Pensioner are offered for £65 per group.Coach parking is also available.The Great Hall, State Apartments, Prince of Wales Hall and outside spaces are also available for hire.
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“RHS Chelsea Flower Show”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

wonderful show gardens - only blot on an otherwise perfect day was Dairmund's babylon style gardens , there were no fixed opening times, the attendant said they would have 'sporadic' openings ! and the information was only made available to me when I went to enuire why I had been in a queque for 20mins without it moving an inch- disgraceful organisation.

Visited May 2012
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“Wonderful surroundings and a Very Warm Welcome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

If you have had enough of Harrods and have a couple of hours to spare visit the Royal Hospital Chelsea - not far away. It is steeped in history but not stuffy and the gardens sweeping down to the Thames are spectacular. The chapel especially is worth a peep. The residents are all so cheerful and chatty. We spent ages just sat chatting in the quadrangle to several of them. They have their own Post Office which stocks reasonably priced gifts and momentos.

Visited March 2012
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“wow ...........so pleased we went.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

did not manage to visit last time while in london but i really wanted to go this time and made sure we made the effort and i am so pleased that we did. entry is free which is great for london. the place is steeped in history and what an honour it felt to be able to intrude. while we were there we seen a few of the chelsea pensioners and it was quite humbling. the building is just amazing and our breath was taking away when we visited the chapel and the great hall. the hospital is open from 10.00 until 12.00 and then reopens at 2.00 until 4.00pm. the staff that worked there seemed very friendly and again it really is a great place to visit to just get a small insight of what it is all about. im so pleased we went as it really is a very special place and i shall always remember my visit there!!

Visited December 2011
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

I have a great interest in history so have always been interested in the Royal Hospital and how it was established. Lovely Wren designed buildings and grounds. Museum had an interesting model of the site. Chelsea area great for a wander , got there on the tube to Sloane Sq.
Kings Road good for a browse , Peter Jones department store has a top level restaurant with great views towards the South Kensington museums , food good too!

Visited November 2011
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Laura M, Public Relations Manager at Royal Hospital Chelsea, responded to this review, December 6, 2011
Dear andrewinlondon2011,

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Royal Hospital - I hope you had chance to go into the Great Hall and the Chapel.

Best Wishes,

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