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Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road, LONDON, SW3 4SR

Founded in 1682 by Charles II as a retreat for army veterans who had become unfit for duty, through injury or long service, the Royal Hospital Chelsea was built on the site of a theological college founded by James I in 1610. The buildings were designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren, and then added to by Robert Adam and Sir John Soane. The hospital houses some 300 'In-Pensioners', some of whom do voluntary work as tour guides, clerical assistants and ground staff. Visitors can stroll around the grounds, gain admission to the Chapel, Great Hall, Museum and souvenir shop.

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Tel: 020 7881 5200
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Free entry, individuals & groups of 10 or less, but larger group tours must be booked

Opening times

Open all year, Mon-Sat, 10-12 & 2-4, Sun 2-4. Closed 25-26 Dec & Good Fri. Museum & shop closed wknds
Average visit 2hrs





Partly accessible. Some steps, advance notice if use of wheelchair lift req
Induction loop in post office, wheelchair lift, ramps

Royal Hospital Chelsea


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Near Sloane Square, off A3216 & A3031

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