Attraction in Chelsea
The Royal Hospital Chelsea was founded in 1682 by King Charles 11 as a home for the veterans of the British army. Still located in the original buildings that were designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it is today home to some 330 former soldiers.
Few foundations can lay claim to have had so many eminent architects associated with them. Apart from Wren, other architects who have made contributions to the buildings on show today include Sir John Vanburgh, Robert Adam and Sir John Soane. Grinling Gibbons provided the central statue of King Charles 11, there is carving by William Emmett and original murals by Verrio and Ricci.
The Royal Hospital is open to the public nearly every day of the year. Visitors may walk around most of the buildings and 66 acres of grounds and can view the Great Hall and Chapel.
Nearest UK Airport: London Heathrow/Gatwick/City & Battersea Heleport
Months Open: Daily, except Christmas and Easter.
Closed Sunday morning
Coach Parking: Yes
Conference Facilities: Yes
Admission Price: Free
Gift Shop: Yes
Catering: Refreshments in National Army Museum (next door)
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