Venues

National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Chelsea Physic Garden

Getting here

By tube

Nearest station: Sloane Square (see below for planned works)
– 10-minute walk –

By rail

Nearest station: Victoria
– 20-minute walk –

By bus

170 bus route
stops at all three venues

By boat

Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station
– 15-minute walk –

Weekend travel disruption

Owing to planned works on the District and Circle lines, trains will not be calling at Sloane Square tube station on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival (12-13 October 2019). We recommend travelling via Victoria station, which is a 20-minute walk away or a short bus ride on the 170.

National Army Museum

Location

National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HT

Plan your journey

Plan your route to the National Army Museum using Google Maps or Transport for London.

Parking

There are no public parking spaces at the Museum. Visit Parkopedia for information about where to find parking nearby.

There are bike racks located along Royal Hospital Road, near each of the Chelsea History Festival venues.

Please do not secure any bikes or scooters to the railings outside the Royal Hospital Chelsea or Burton Court. Any items secured to these railings will be removed.

Access

There is lift access to every floor of the National Army Museum, from two centrally located lifts. Stairs are also available.

Fixed seating is available throughout the galleries. There is a mix of seating with and without arm rests available in all public areas, including the Café and outdoor area.

Eating and drinking

The Cookhouse Café is a perfect place to meet, eat and drink. Choose from a wide selection of freshly-made sandwiches, salads, soups and cakes, or order hot food from the kitchen.

The Café is open at the following times during the Chelsea History Festival:

  • Wed 9 Oct: 5pm – 7.30pm
  • Thu 10 Oct: 10am – 4pm; 6pm – 7.30pm
  • Fri 11 Oct: 10am – 7.30pm
  • Sat 12 Oct: 9.30am – 6.30pm
  • Sun 13 Oct: 10am – 5pm

Shopping

The Museum Shop offers carefully chosen ranges for both adults and children, inspired by the National Army Museum’s collections. Ranges include clothing, jewellery, memorabilia, homewares, stationery, books, children’s toys and games, and much more. Many of the items have been designed exclusively for the Museum in conjunction with small, UK-based suppliers and makers.

The Shop is open at the following times during the Festival:

  • Wed 9 Oct: 10am – 4pm; 5pm – 9.30pm
  • Thu 10 Oct: 10am – 5.30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm
  • Fri 11 Oct: 10am – 8.30pm
  • Sat 12 Oct: 10am – 7.30pm
  • Sun 13 Oct: 10am – 5.30pm

Toilets/changing facilities

The Museum has toilets on every floor, and disabled access toilets on the ground and lower ground floor. There is also a Changing Places facility on the ground floor. The toilets near the Café are unisex.

Baby change facilities are available on the ground and first floor and a baby feeding room is available in the Café.

Assistance dogs

All assistance dogs are welcome at the Museum.

Cloakroom/storage

There will be no cloakroom or storage facilities available during events at the Chelsea History Festival.

Bags/items of luggage larger than 45x30x45cm are not allowed on the National Army Museum premises for safety and security reasons

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Location

Royal Hospital Chelsea
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4SR

Festival access is via Chelsea Gate.

Plan your journey

Plan your route to the Royal Hospital Chelsea using Google Maps or Transport for London.

Parking

There are no public parking spaces at the Royal Hospital. Visit Parkopedia for information about where to find parking nearby.

There are bike racks located along Royal Hospital Road, near each of the Chelsea History Festival venues.

Please do not secure any bikes or scooters to the railings outside the Royal Hospital Chelsea or Burton Court. Any items secured to these railings will be removed.

Access

The site of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is 66 acres. Although not all of this is accessible to the public, there is still a large amount of walking to view the key areas of site.

There are 10 steps up to both the Chapel and Great Hall, both of which are fitted with wheelchair lifts. Please let a member of security know if you require use of the wheelchair lift. Motorised buggies are not permitted on the wheelchair lift.

The Royal Hospital is first and foremost a residence for the Chelsea Pensioners, so please be respectful when walking around the site. Areas that are not accessible to the public are clearly signposted as residents and staff only.

Eating and drinking

The Coffee Shop is open to both the public and Pensioners alike, nestled within the tranquil gardens of the Royal Hospital. Enjoy a selection of salads, hot meals, cakes, sandwiches and delicious beverages

The Coffee Shop is open from 10am to 4.30pm throughout the festival.

Visit the Hospital’s Wren House for a special military-style curry. A limited selection of hot and cold beverages and sandwiches will also be available. Open from 10am to 4pm on the Saturday of the festival. (Curry available 12.30pm to 2pm.)

Shopping

The Royal Hospital Shop has a wonderful selection of gifts and souvenirs with all profits going to the Chelsea Pensioners’ Appeal.

The Shop is open at the following times during the festival:

  • Wed 9 Oct: 10am – 12.30pm; 1.30pm – 4.00pm
  • Thu 10 Oct: 10am – 12.30pm; 1.30pm – 5.00pm
  • Fri 11 Oct: 10am – 12.30pm; 1.30pm – 5.00pm
  • Sat 12 Oct: 10am – 4pm
  • Sun 13 Oct: 10am – 4pm

Toilets/changing facilities

Toilets are available onsite, including disabled access toilets. There are no baby changing or feeding room facilities.

Cloakroom/storage

There are no cloakroom or storage facilities. However, visitors are welcome to take their luggage around the Royal Hospital with them.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Location

Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HS

Access on Saturday 12 October is via Swan Walk.

Plan your journey

Plan your route to Chelsea Physic Garden using Google Maps or Transport for London.

Parking

There are no public parking spaces at Chelsea Physic Garden. Visit Parkopedia for information about where to find parking nearby.

There are bike racks located along Royal Hospital Road, near each of the Chelsea History Festival venues. 

Please do not secure any bikes or scooters to the railings outside the Royal Hospital Chelsea or Burton Court. Any items secured to these railings will be removed.

Access

The Garden has a limited number of wheelchairs available to borrow. For assistance, please speak to a staff member at the kiosk or on Royal Hospital Road upon arrival.

Once inside, the Garden is on one level; ramp access is available to the education space and to the Physic Garden Café. The Lecture Room, used for events and talks, is up a flight of stairs without lift access. Please contact the venue ahead of attending a talk or event for advice on alternatives.

Eating and drinking

The Physic Garden Café brings the outdoors in, with a delicious range of light bites, hearty salads, lunches and cakes.

The Café is open at the following times during the festival:

  • Wed 9 Oct: 11am – 5.30pm
  • Thu 10 Oct: 11am – 5.30pm
  • Fri 11 Oct: 11am – 5.30pm
  • Sat 12 Oct: 11am – 5.30pm
  • Sun 13 Oct: 11am – 5.30pm

Shopping

The Garden Shop is home to a range of the finest tools for gardeners, fascinating books mapping the history of gardening and plant hunting pioneers, gifts and specially designed souvenirs to remind you of your trip to Chelsea Physic Garden.

The Shop is open at the following times during the festival:

  • Wed 9 Oct: 10am – 6pm
  • Thu 10 Oct: 10am – 6pm
  • Fri 11 Oct: 10am – 6pm
  • Sat 12 Oct: 10am – 6pm
  • Sun 13 Oct: 10am – 6pm

Toilets/changing facilities

Wheelchair-accessible toilets are available in the main building as well as at the Physic Garden Café. Baby-changing facilities can also be found in the Café.

Assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome in the Garden.

Cloakroom/storage

There are no cloakroom or storage facilities. However, visitors are welcome to take their luggage around the Garden with them.

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