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.
As we are first and foremost a residence, we operate slightly differently to other Heritage sites. Tours run to work with the schedule of the Royal Hospital and its 300 In Pensioner residents.
Tours can be booked up to 6 months in advance, and are allotted on a first come first served basis.
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Groups must be a minimum of 10 people. If your group is fewer than 10 people, please refer to our "Independent Visitors" section on our FAQ page.
Our availability is limited and tours must be booked a minimum of 4 weeks in advance. Subject to availability the Times and Days that tours run are as follows:
Starting at 10:00 – Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Starting at 13:30 – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Your enquiry will be dealt with within two business days.
All tours commence from the Chelsea Gate of the Royal Hospital. You can locate this on our map by clicking here.
The Chelsea Pensioners are celebrating the 325th anniversary of the opening of their historic home, the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea has said goodbye to its Director of Health and Wellbeing, Colonel Laura Bale, whose career at the Royal Hospital has spanned the last eight and a half years.