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Presided over by a ‘Merry Monarch’, eager to enjoy himself after years of exile, England post-1660 is typically known for reacting against the austerities of Puritan rule.
The reign of Charles II bore witness to the Great Fire of London, the Great Plague, the first women on the stage, as well as the First Anglo-Dutch trade wars. By contrast, the Restoration Court was famed throughout Europe for its notorious personalities, including the manifold royal mistresses and hedonistic pursuits.
Yet among the frivolities of Court life, the King became a fervent patron of the arts and sciences, founding the Royal Society, as well as favouring the work of architect Sir Christopher Wren. It was Wren he chose to bring to life his vision of a home for veteran soldiers ‘broken by age or war’, the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Suitable for adults, the tour includes a visit to the Great Hall, Wren Chapel and the magnificent Figure Court. Please note that some of the tour takes place outside and visitors should come prepared for inclement weather.
This tour will last approximately 90 minutes and will meet outside the National Army Museum.
The tour is wheelchair accessible, but please let us know in advance if you require the use of our lifts.
This event is held as part of Wren 300, a multi-faceted celebration of the life and work of the renowned British architect, mathematician, astronomer and scientist Sir Christopher Wren.