Chelsea Walk - Introduction

It would be difficult to find a better introduction to our walk than Thomas Carlyle’s description of Chelsea in 1834 “A singular heterogeneous kind of spot, very dirty and confused in some places quite beautiful in others, abounding in antiquities and traces of great men”. Leaving the busy King's Road behind and heading towards the Thames we will discover historic heart of Chelsea.

This pleasant walk through Chelsea is 1.6 miles or 2.6 kilometres. Walking at a reasonable pace and pausing to look at the many interesting buildings, the walk will take about one and half hours. Carlyle House, the Physic Gardens, the National Army Museum and the Royal Hospital Museum are open to the public and time to visit one or all should be included. Opening times vary so please check before setting out.

Chelsea Walk map and directions


History trail map

Download and print the PDF version of the map (415 Kb).

King's Road
Start of the walk.

Old Church Street
Walk down Old Church Street towards the river.

Lawrence Street
Turn left and walk down Justice Walk to Lawrence Street.

Cheyne Row
Turn right into Upper Cheyne Row and then almost immediately left into Cheyne Row.

Cheyne Walk
Turn left at the bottom of the road and walk along Cheyne Walk towards Albert Bridge.

Chelsea Embankment
We will pause here to admire Albert Bridge and the Embankment before crossing Oakley Street and continuing along Cheyne Walk.

Cheyne Walk 1-30
Cross over Oakley Street and continue to walk east along Cheyne Walk.

Chelsea Embankment
At the end of Cheyne Walk cross at the junction and walk along the north side of the Embankment.

Swan Walk
Turn left into Swan Walk.

Physic Garden
Opposite the Blackwell's house is the entrance to the Physic Gardens which are open to the public twice a week between April and October.

Tite Street
On leaving the garden retrace your steps down Swan Walk and turn left into Dilke Street. Turn left into Tite Street and walk northwards.

National Army Museum
Turn right and walk along Royal Hospital Road until you reach the National Army Museum.

Royal Hospital
Continue to walk along Royal Hospital Road until you reach the Royal Hospital.

Royal Avenue
Walk along the front of the Royal Hospital till you reach the East Gate. Cross over at the pedestrian crossing and turn left into Franklin's Row with Burton Court on your left. Turn left into St Leonard's Terrace, when you reach Royal Avenue head back to the King's Road.

King's road
We have now arrived back on the King's Road and the end of our stroll through historic Chelsea. This is the end of the walk.

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