Last updated on 01 February 12
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Royal Hospital and Ranelagh Gardens

  • Chelsea Royal Hospital Garden

    View from the renaissance courtyard of the Royal Hospital to the wood park which is Ranelagh Gardens

  • Chelsea Royal Hospital Garden

    Kip drawing of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, looking towards the River Thames. The layout of the buildings is unchanged. The site of the Chelsea Flower show is in light green and the site of Ranelagh gardens is in a darker green

  • Ranelagh Gardens in the eighteenth century

    Ranelagh Gardens in the eighteenth century

  • Chelsea Pensioner Ranelagh Gardens

    Chelsea Pensioner Ranelagh Gardens

  • Ranelagh Gardens in Winter

    Ranelagh Gardens in Winter

  • Royal Hospital and Ranelagh Gardens Yersinia pestis © Yersinia pestis

Gardenvisit Editorial

Chelsea's Royal Hospital was established  by King Charles II in 1681, as a retirement home for old soldiers.Sir Christopher Wren  designed the buildings (completed in 1692).  The architectural style is variously classified as Palladian, Renaissance and Baroque.  The square courtyard has a classic renaissance form. Its layout with gravel walk, lawns and statues is English.

The land to the east of the Royal Hospital was the site of the famous Ranelagh Pleasure Ground in the eighteenth century. It was re-designed by John Gibson in the nineteenth century and is now a green retreat with shady walks, beside the site of the annual Chelsea Flower Show.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is on the London Gardens Walk and included in the eBook guide to the London Gardens Walk

Address - Royal Hospital Road, London, Greater London, England, SW3 4SR
Opening times - All year. Daily (except 25th December and Chelsea Flower Show). Monday to Saturday 10am to sunset., Sunday 2pm to sunset.
Admission - Entrance free
Website - Visit the Royal Hospital and Ranelagh Gardens website

Designers and Influences

This garden has been designed and influenced by John Gibson

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