Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Royal Hospital Chelsea


10am - 5pm


Royal Hospital Road



020 7881 5200

“The Royal Hospital itself is one of Chelsea’s architectural gems and is a Grade I listed heritage site.”

Founded by King Charles II, the Royal Hospital on the banks of the Thames is home to the area’s most iconic residents: the Chelsea Pensioners. Famed for their scarlet uniforms, the Chelsea Pensioners are all retired soldiers of the British Army and have lived here since 1692. Today the registered charity still offers hundreds of veterans a home, comradeship and the very highest standards of care during their advanced years in recognition of their loyal service to the Nation.

The Royal Hospital itself is one of Chelsea’s architectural gems and is a Grade I listed heritage site. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the site’s spectacular interiors include the Chelsea Pensioners’ dining room the Great Hall and the Wren Chapel.

Book a Chelsea Pensioner led walking tour

Discover the history behind this unique national institution by booking a guided walking tour of the Royal Hospital led by a resident Chelsea Pensioner. You will marvel at Sir Christopher Wren’s stunning buildings, hear the captivating stories of our inhabitants – both past and present – and learn about what life is like for today’s veterans living at the Royal Hospital. To book click here. Entrance: Chelsea Gate, Royal Hospital Road


Visit our free museum and gift shop

Our free museum gives wonderful insight into our Royal and military history, and for a perfect Chelsea souvenir, why not visit our on-site shop for a range of iconic Chelsea Pensioner inspired gifts? For opening times or shop online. Entrance: London Gate, Royal Hospital Road.


Become a Friend

Join us as a Friend of the Royal Hospital Chelsea to help us offer a fitting home and the very best care for veterans today and tomorrow. Membership starts from as little as £40 per year and offers a range of benefits including an exclusive programme of events, an invitation to see the Chelsea Pensioners on parade and two issues of our magazine. Find out more.


Each year thousands of people visit the Royal Hospital when they attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Masterpiece Art Fair held on its grounds. Details to follow for 2016.


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