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Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR, England
+44 20 7881 5493
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Living history

We spent an amazing few hours exploring the hospital and learning of it's history. We had lunch in... read more

Reviewed November 28, 2016
Patricia J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Drop in for a cup of coffee in the company of the pensioners

One of the little known spots open to the public. Don't go miles out of your way but if you are in... read more

Reviewed November 9, 2016
chris r
Thruxton, 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 November 28, 2016

We spent an amazing few hours exploring the hospital and learning of it's history. We had lunch in the cafe, then browsed the museum ending with the Wren chapel and Great Hall. We met several pensioners all of whom were more than willing to chat....More

1  Thank Patricia J
Reviewed November 9, 2016

One of the little known spots open to the public. Don't go miles out of your way but if you are in Lower Sloane Street or Royal Hospital Road just pop in for a coffee.

Thank chris r
Reviewed October 2, 2016

Drop in and see how the Chelsea Pensioners live. Get a guided tour by one of the informative old soldiers or just explore the magnificent grounds without intrusion the the flower show. Have a coffee or lunch in the excellent cafe. Attend a service in...More

Thank Sandra S
Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

I visited here with work and we were very lucky to have had a guide too. So much history and so much more than the Red Coats we are all familiar with. I would urge anyone in the area who has the time to pop...More

Thank julesrann
Reviewed September 4, 2016

This is an interesting place to visit. It's open to the public Monday to Friday and is around a 10 minute walk from Sloane Square tube station. We did a self guided tour as you have to be in a group of at least 10...More

1  Thank PandyPandora
Reviewed August 8, 2016

Visited initially to eat in the cafe. Good choice of good food at good prices. We sat outside, which was great in the sun and very peaceful. Discovered the museum, interesting and touching. Also visited the shop, which had a good varied range of items...More

Thank Sandra L
Reviewed August 5, 2016

Had a lovely time wandering around the beautiful gardens. The museum was very interesting, made better by having a chat to one of the pensioners who was happy to spend time telling us about his life there. There is a lovely cafe where you can...More

Thank Janice S
Reviewed July 25, 2016

What a wonderful experience! We were members of a small party on a pre- arranged visit, but we discovered that visitors are welcome without pre- booking. The Chelsea Pensioner, Dave, who was our guide was fantastic - with a rich fund of historical knowledge peppered...More

Thank RWWDevon
Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

We had a meeting with the Welfare Officer and she took us to the Cafe for a cup of tea and a chat, then took us for a walk through some of the grounds, just magnificent, we visited the Great Hall and the Chapel, and...More

Thank Magickpyggie
Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I attended The Wet Wet Wet Concert on 18 June 2016. I was amazed at the lovely grounds and how well they are maintained. One of the high lights of the day was to see The Chelsea Pensioners mingling with the crowd, shaking hands and...More

1  Thank Shirley B
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Conrad S
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Response from salsakarl | Reviewed this property |
There is no charge
February 21, 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
November 29, 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