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.
Tel: 020 7881 5200
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Free entry, individuals & groups of 10 or less. Tour groups 10-25 £10, 26-50 £8. Large group tours must be booked.
Open all year, Mon-Sat, 10-12 & 2-4, Sun 2-4. Tours Mon-Fri 10 & 1.30 (must book min 4 wks in advance). Closed 25-26 Dec & Good Fri. Museum & shop closed wknds
Average visit 2hrs
10 steps, no wheelchair access to stair lift
Induction loop in post office, wheelchair lift, ramps
Near Sloane Square, off A3216 & A3031. Tours entrance at Chelsea Gate next to National Army Museum