Wellington Arch - English Heritage

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The neoclassical arch, England's answer to the Arc de Triomphe, was first erected in 1826 as a grand entrance to Buckingham Palace. From 1846, it was topped with a huge equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington but a major road widening of Piccadilly in 1882, due to the increasing demands of Victorian traffic, was used as an excuse to remove the oversized statue to Aldershot. In 1912 the magnificent statue 'Peace Descending on the Quadriga of War' was placed on top of the Arch, and remains today the largest bronze sculpture in the country. In more recent times, this Decimus Burton monument served time as the smallest police station in the city in the 1950s, when it was occupied by ten constables, two sergeants and a cat! Opened to the public for the first time in April 2001 after a £1.5 million restoration by English Heritage, Wellington Arch is available for corporate and private events. With dramatic views down Constitution Hill and across central London from the Arch's spacious balconies, Wellington Arch is a novel and unique place to impress your guests.

Venue Type:

Heritage site

Opening hours

3 November 2014 - 29 March 2015
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Admission charges

Adult £4.20
Child (5-15 years) £2.50
Concession are you eligible? £3.80
Family £23.10
Overseas Visitor Pass Available


  • English Heritage

Additional info

Access: Level floors throughout. Lift to all floors. Wheelchair access to viewing platform. Numerous chairs around the site.
Parking: Disabled visitors may be set down outside the entrance by prior arrangement.
Visually Impaired Visitors: Hands-on models of the Quadriga Sculpture. Easy reading display panels.
Hearing Impaired Visitors: Hearing loop available.
Toilets: Accessible WC in basement (access via lift).
Shop: Level Access.

Collection details

Architecture, Fine Art, Law and Order, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Waterloo 1815 - The Battle for Peace

  • 18 April — 1 November 2015 *on now

A new exhibition at Wellington Arch will give an overview of the battle, the reasons for it, the people involved in it, and its legacy.

Items on display include the sword the Duke of Wellington carried at Waterloo, his handwritten battle orders on scraps of vellum, and an original pair of ‘Wellington boots’. The leather boots that Wellington had custom-made for campaigning were much admired and imitated: adapted over the years to new materials, they still remain popular today.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adult £4.30 / Child £2.60 / Concession £3.90 / Family £11.20



Wellington Arch - English Heritage
Apsley Way
Hyde Park Corner
Greater London




020 7930 2726

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