With the COVID-19 virus continuing to spread across the world, we have taken the necessary steps to safeguard the Chelsea Pensioners and staff at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The main Royal Hospital Chelsea site remains closed to external visitors during 2021 until further notice. We are delighted to announce that the Shop & Post Office will reopen to the public on Monday 12th April and residents in the MTI will be allowed 2 regular indoor visitors by prior arrangement. The Hospital will release any changes on the Site Restrictions page.

We’re treading cautiously and abiding by all the guidelines, but seeing the Royal Hospital’s community starting to enjoy a taste of its old freedoms is giving us all a boost.

Please use the menu below to see how we are protecting the Chelsea Pensioners and our staff community, and what restrictions remain in place.

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Ranelagh Gardens & Rotunda
From prehistoric marsh to a college that never opened – uncovering the story of our site

The Royal Hospital dates back to the late 17th century, but the story of the land where it stands has been traced back still further. Research from the Museum of London Archaeology has thrown light on the site’s varied past.

Salisbury Court Gardens - Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital's Hidden Show Garden

This year a new garden was successfully installed in Salisbury Court, the private courtyard within the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary.

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