The Royal Hospital Chelsea are pleased to announce the gates will open to the General Public from March 1st, 2022, for Tours.

Booking for March tours are now open. All tours cancelled due to COVID-19 will be offered priority booking for future bookings. We must politely ask that you provide proof of a Negative Lateral Flow Test upon arrival and wear a mask when indoors.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while the Hospital has been closed and we hope to see you at the Royal Hospital very soon.

Please contact 020 7881 5237 or email for further information on Military and Civilian Tour.

Tours are 90 minutes in duration, followed by 30 minutes for the Museum and Gift Shop. The tour route takes groups across the length of the site to visit its main attractions including The Great Hall, Chapel and Figure Court. A site map can be viewed by clicking here


Group tours can be booked up to 3 months in advance, and cannot be booked before this time. Tours are allocated on a first come first serve basis. 

Subject to availability the times and days that group tours run are as follows:

  • Starting at 10:00 – Monday - Friday
  • Starting at 14:00 – Monday - Friday (Excluding Thursday)

Please be aware we are unable to run tours for the last 2 weeks of May, all of June and all of December 2022.

Tour Prices

The cost of each tour is £15.00 per person, and this includes a visit to our museum, shop and café.

A deposit of £50 is required to secure your chosen tour date. Deposits are non-refundable.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea reserves the right to cancel tours if neccessary.

How to book

Tours are booked through our Tours Manager either by email at or by telephone on 0207 881 5237.

Bookings can be made 3 months in advance. Bookings open on the first weekday of every month. For example, March 2022 tours will opened for bookings on Wednesday 1st December 2021.

Booking is required at least 1 month in advance.

Tour parties cannot exceed 30 visitors. 1 guide is required per every 10 visitors to allow for adequate spacing, in keeping with the Royal Hospital's COVID19 restrictions.

Visitors must present a Negative Lateral Flow Test upon arrival to the Hospital, we require visitors to wear a mask when inside for the safety of the Chelsea Pensioners. Thank you for your understanding.


The site of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is 66 acres and although the tours do not cover all of this the tour does involve a large amount of walking. There are 10 steps up to both the Chapel and Great Hall, both of which are fitted with wheelchair lifts. Please make us aware of any access needs your group members have so we can help to facilitate the tour.

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