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Tours

The Royal Hospital Chelsea always welcomes visitors. 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. All tours must be booked at least four weeks in advance for a minimum of four people. Book by calling 020 7881 5516 or emailing tours@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

 

Small groups (fewer than ten people) and individuals can simply drop in and visit the beautiful grounds and see the impressive Chapel and Great Hall for free, although many visitors feel inspired to leave a donation to support our conservation work. Groups with ten or more people must book a tour (prices shown below).

Tour Prices

 Individual Rate (per person, min. 4 people)Group Rate (per person, min. 15 people)
Adult (16+)£10£8
Child (6-15)£7£6
Coach parking pass (per vehicle)N/A£30

Tours begin at 10:00am and 1.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). The Infirmary Café is available to tour groups for lunch and afternoon tea and the menu includes sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes and soup. If you wish to visit the Café this must be booked in advance.Please note that this tour covers internal and external spaces, and will include stairs.

Other tourist attractions that may be of interest in the local area are the National Army Museum and the Chelsea Physic Garden.


Museum

In many ways the entire Hospital is a living museum, but we also have a dedicated museum with some of the more unusual items on display.

The entrance hall is dedicated to the Duke of Wellington and features items such as George Jones' panorama of the Battle of Waterloo (1820). It also features a contemporary painting of Queen Elizabeth II by Andrew Festing (1998).

The large diorama in the centre of the entrance hall depicts the Royal Hospital as it looked in 1742. 

The museum itself includes a reconstruction of a typical berth, the uniform of a veteran soldier, and many other artefacts. 

Entry is free for groups under ten and is also included as part of the guided tour. 

The Museum is open Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) from 10am to 4pm.


Shop

Looking for an unusual present? Want to take home something to help you remember your visit?

The gift shop has a wide range of interesting gifts and souvenirs to suit all budgets. We also have a Post Office which offers:

  • General posting options including Airsure, international signed for, recorded and special delivery
  • Personal banking
  • Business deposits
  • Premium bonds
  • Instant saver accounts
  • National savings and investments
  • Post Office ISA
  • Travel insurance
  • Freedom passes
  • Fishing licences
  • International telephone cards
  • Bureau de change (euro on demand, other currencies ordered)
  • Under 16 oyster card applications
  • DWP
  • Stationery and envelopes
  • Mobile phone top-ups

If you can't make it to the Royal Hospital, you can buy most of our products in our online shop.

If you would like a general overview of what we do here at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, you can request a copy of our brochure by clicking on the button below and completing your details.

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