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Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR, England
+44 20 7881 5493
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The Story Behind The Jackets

Most of us know the Chelsea Pensioners in their red jackets, but how many know the whole background... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
via mobile
Nice little diversion at no cost.

I wouldn't go far out of my way, but if you are nearby, this is worth an hour or so. The grounds... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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 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 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place, so peaceful. Had a light lunch in the café which is spacious, clean and has a lovely outdoor space. Food/drink prices so reasonable for London - it made a change to not get ripped off! Will visit again when in this part of...More

Thank graham a
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Went to my brothers funeral here. He was a Chelsea pensioner. The place is fabulous. Great if you are visiting London to have a walk around the grounds. Hospitality is second to none. Nothing to much trouble.

Thank Mel B
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Recommended. Fantastic place to visit. Small museum and a quiet cafe. Cafe has good range and is reasonably priced. Cafe opens at 9.00am. Grounds open at 10am. Spent about 90 minutes walking around grounds. Spoke to several Chelsea Pensioners. Went into the Grand Hall where...More

Thank P H
Reviewed 23 July 2017

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 9 July 2017 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 2 July 2017

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

1  Thank caroletracey48
Reviewed 30 June 2017

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
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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