Royal Hospital Chelsea Free

Chelsea Pensioners. Image courtesy of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Visit the magnificent home of the Chelsea Pensioners.


Explore the history and stunning architecture of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in south-west London.

Commissioned by King Charles II and built by Sir Christopher Wren, the Royal Hospital is home to about 300 army veterans. Book a guided tour and learn about the stunning buildings from a resident Chelsea Pensioner or make your own way around the historic site.

The museum is home to many artefacts including the uniform of a veteran soldier and a reconstruction of a typical berth. The entrance hall, dedicated to the Duke of Wellington, houses a large diorama showing the Royal Hospital as it looked in 1742.

Prices and opening times

Adult ticket Free

Guided tours led by a Chelsea Pensioner from £11.98 for an individual tour, £180 for a group of 10 to 15 people.

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Closed on Saturday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.


Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm

Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Venue Details & Map

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road
+44 (0)20 7881 5200
Public transport:
From tube station, turn left down Lower Sloane St until you reach the junction of Lower Sloane St and Royal Hospital Rd. Turn right into Royal Hospital Rd to reach the Royal

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