Chelsea Pensioners Guided Tour

Chelsea Pensioners Guided Tour

Departing Suffolk & Essex - Visit The Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is open to visitors on a daily basis and every year they have the pleasure of opening their doors to thousands of people interested in learning about the history of the site. You will marvel at Sir Christopher Wren’s stunning buildings, hear the captivating stories of the inhabitants - both past and present – and learn about what life is like for today’s veterans at the Royal Hospital.

 

As it is first and foremost a residence, they operate slightly differently to other Heritage sites. Tours run to work with the schedule of the Royal Hospital and its 300 residents.

 

Museum

In many ways the Royal Hospital Chelsea itself is a living museum, but they also have a dedicated museum with some of our more unusual items on display. The entrance hall is dedicated to the Duke of Wellington and features items such as George Jones' panorama of the Battle of Waterloo (1820). It also features a contemporary painting of Queen Elizabeth II by Andrew Festing (1998). The large diorama in the centre of the entrance hall depicts the Royal Hospital as it looked in 1742. The museum itself includes a reconstruction of a typical berth, the uniform of a veteran soldier, and many other artefacts.

 

Cafe

Set within the historic surrounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, The Coffee Shop is a hidden gem in the heart of one of London’s most desirable areas. Enjoy free WiFi, a laidback atmosphere with both inside and outside seating. Our covered al fresco seating area boasts lovely views of the beautiful Ranelagh Gardens. The Coffee Shop is also very close to the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital.

The Coffee Shop has been serving hot beverages, refreshments and hot & cold lunches to Chelsea Pensioners, staff of the Royal Hospital, and members of the general public since 2011.

 

The site of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is 66 acres and although the tours do not cover all of this, the tour does involve a large amount of walking. There are 10 steps up to both the Chapel and Great Hall.

 

Approximate Timings

11:45 Arrive

12:00 - 13:15 Lunch in Cafe (not included)

13:30 Guided Tour

16:00 Depart

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Colchester United FC Colchester United FC, United Way CO4 5UP (off A12)
Parking £6 per day. Please contact 01206 540424.
Ipswich Railway Station Ipswich Railway Station, Burrell Road, IP2 8AL
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Stowmarket Railway Stn Stowmarket Railway Station
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
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