We invite you to you make your way around the historic buildings that make up the UK’s flagship veteran community.

Whilst the physical gates to the Royal Hospital are currently closed to safeguard the Chelsea Pensioners, we invite you to explore our 328 year old heritage from the comfort of your own home.

Find out more about our royal founder King Charles II, the Duke of Wellington’s involvement with the Royal Hospital, notorious physician Messenger Monsey and even meet some of today’s Chelsea Pensioners along the way.

Please note that every historic area can be explored using subtitles, which can be turned on in the video player.

Once we are able to re-open our site to visitors, we hope to welcome you to the Royal Hospital Chelsea in person. In the meantime, you can find out more about supporting the Chelsea Pensioners and the heritage of the Royal Hospital here.

More historic areas will be open to virtual visitors in the coming days.

Royal Hospital Chelsea Tour - Introduction:

Figure Court:

Figure Court Statue:

Founder's Day:

South Grounds:

Great Hall:

Duke of Wellington:

Wren Chapel:

Music:

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International Nurses' Day 2020

12 May is the International Day of the Nurse where people all over the world recognise the important role of nurses in their communities. On this day we also celebrate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale. Nightingale is credited as being the founder of modern nursing.

Torpedo explosion display on the water at the Royal Military and Naval Exhibition
From exploding torpedoes to stuffed polar bears: The Royal Military and Naval Exhibitions of 1890 and 1891

Today, the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s South Grounds are famous for hosting the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show. However, the tradition of using our grounds for exhibitions began at the end of the 19th century.

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