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.

Royal Hospital Chelsea Tour - Introduction:

Meet the Chelsea Pensioners:

Daily Life:

Uniforms:

Built Heritage:

Figure Court:

Figure Court Statue:

Founder's Day:

South Grounds:

Cannons:

Great Hall:

Duke of Wellington:

Wren Chapel:

Chapel Mural:

Music:

Sundays:

Bomb Damage:

Voices from the Past:

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HRH, The Prince Philip - Duke of Edinburgh Painting
Chelsea Pensioners share recollections of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Royal Hospital Chelsea community continues to send our thoughts and condolences to the Royal Family at this difficult time. Many of our Chelsea Pensioners were fortunate enough to meet HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal Hospital’s Founder’s Day celebrations or through his other official duties.

Infirmary Bombing
Remembering the Soane Infirmary bombing

Today marks 80 years following the bombing of the Royal Hospital’s Infirmary during the Second World War. The magnificent Infirmary, which once stood on the current site of the National Army Museum, was hit by a parachute bomb on 16 April 1941 – destroying most of the building and tragically ending the lives of 13 people.

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