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.

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.

Tour Prices

10 to 15 people 16 to 30 people 31 to 50 people
£180 £330 £530

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 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.

The tour lasts 2 hours; a 90 minute tour of site with your Chelsea Pensioner guide followed by 30 minutes for the Museum and Shop. 

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