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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Brompton Cemetery Seed Sowing
Sowing wildflowers in memory of past Chelsea Pensioners

On 6 May, Chelsea Pensioners and members of the Royal Hospital’s grounds team joined representatives from the Royal Parks, the Royal Parks Guild and the Friends of Brompton Cemetery to sow a patch of wildflower seeds in Brompton Cemetery as part of the Battlefields and Butterflies initiative.

Chelsea Pensioner Centenarians
100 years old and still going strong

Recent research backs up the anecdote that Chelsea Pensioners not only live considerably longer than their peers outside (by over five years, on average), but that their lifetimes once they come to the Royal Hospital are extending, year on year. This strongly suggests that the care and community here contribute to greater longevity – as well as improving quality of life. 

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