Scarlet Tours

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is open to visitors on a daily basis and every year we have the pleasure of opening our doors to thousands of people interested in learning about the history of the site. You too can 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 at the Royal Hospital.

Chelsea Pensioner led tours can cater between 10 and 50 visitors, run from Monday to Friday at 10.00 and 13.30 (excluding Bank Holidays), each lasting approximately 90 minutes. 

All tours must be booked a minimum of 4 weeks in advance, and must be booked for between 10 - 50 people as a private group. If you’d like to visit independently as a smaller group (not part of a tour) please refer to our FAQ page. 

Tour Prices

  Individual Rate (per person, min. 10 people) Group Rate (per person, min. 25 people)
Adult (16+) £12 £10
Child (6-15) £7 £6
Coach parking pass (per vehicle) N/A £30

Please note: Payment must only be made once you have recieved an invoice from the Royal Hospital. 

For more information about Scarlet Tours, and how to visit the Royal Hospital independently, please see our FAQ page.


To enquire after availability or find out more about our group visits, please contact the Heritage Team today by calling 020 7881 5493 or by emailing Your enquiry will be dealt with within two business days.

Tour meeting point

All tours commence from the Chelsea Gate of the Royal Hospital. You can locate this on our map by clicking here.

Royal Hospital Chelsea Newsletter

Stay up to date with what's going on at The Royal Hospital by signing up for our e‑newsletter.


View the archive

The Chelsea Pensioners visit Help for Heroes at Tedworth House

A group of six Chelsea Pensioners and staff of the Royal Hospital Chelsea have visited a Personnel Recovery Centre in Tidworth, Wiltshire. 

HRH The Princess Royal reviews the Chelsea Pensioners at the 324th annual Founder’s Day Parade

The Princess Royal attends Founder's Day, and officially opens the recently refurbished Wren designed ‘Long Wards’ by unveiling a plaque at the historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners.


Follow @RHChelsea