Due to the current situation with COVID-19, there is currently no specific date as to when we are likely to resume our tours programme.

Once we are able to reopen the site to the public, we will offer all cancelled tours priority booking for future dates and will contact you in due course. If you have already paid a deposit or the full amount for your tour booking, you will be reimbursed in full.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time and we hope to welcome you to the Royal Hospital very soon.

Please contact 020 7881 5493 for further information.

Tours are 90 minutes, 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.

Availability 

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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Starting at 13:30 – Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

Starting in January 2020 individual ticket guided tours will be run every Wednesday at 13.30 and every other Friday at 10.00 - to book tickets please go to our Guided Individual Tours Page.

Please be aware we are unable to run tours for the last 2 weeks of May, all of June and all of December 2020.

Tour Prices

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

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

Military groups please get in touch directly.

How to book

Tours are booked through our Tours Manager either by email at tours@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk or by telephone on 0207 881 5493.

Bookings can be made 3 months in advance. Bookings open on the first weekday of every month. eg. January tour bookings will open on Tuesday 1st October.

Tours must be booked a minimum of 6 weeks in advance.

A minimum of 10 people is required to book a Scarlet Tour. If your group consists of less than 10 people you can visit us independently – details of how to do this can be found in our Independent Visitors section on on our FAQ page.

Accessibility

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.

 

For more information about Scarlet Tours, and how to visit the Royal Hospital independently, please see our FAQ page.

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