Apsley House - English Heritage

An exterior view of Apsley House
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Apsley House, home of the 1st Duke of Wellington, is one of the capital's finest residences. Famously known as No.1 London, it was designed and built by Robert Adam between 1771-1778. Wellington made it his home in 1817 after a dazzling military career which culminated in his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo. He enlarged the house, adding on the spectacular 90ft long Waterloo Gallery to create a setting fit for a Duke. It has been the London home of the Dukes of Wellington ever since. Apsley House boasts a remarkable collection of Spanish and Dutch masters paintings, including the world-famous 'Waterseller of Seville' by Velazquez.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Gallery

Opening hours

Closed until 29 March 2015. Opening time after that date will be available nearer the time.

Admission charges

Admission prices tbc.

Discounts

  • English Heritage
  • Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments
  • Historic Scotland
Getting there

Take exit 1 from Hyde Park Corner Underground Station

The sumptuous interiors are filled with the 1st Duke’s magnificent art collection. This includes outstanding paintings (many originally from the Spanish Royal Collection) by Velazquez, Goya, Rubens, Brueghel, Teniers, Steen, de Hooch, Lawrence and Wilkie; sculpture, including the colossal statue of Napoleon by Canova; porcelain including dining services from all the major factories of Europe; silver, including the 26ft long Portuguese centrepiece; furniture, swords, medals and memorabilia. The collection is largely arranged as it was by the first Duke, against the silk wall hangings and lavish gilt decoration of his London palace.

Collection details

Architecture, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Regency Weekend

  • 29 — 30 August 2015 11am-4pm

Marching, dancing and merriment! From the heyday of the Prince Regent and the rigours of courtly life, to the regimes of the Red Coats during their combat campaign; experience life and laughter in Regency England. Join in with the etiquette lessons and find out all about dressing the Regency way. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes as you'll feel like you've stepped into a Jane Austen novel learning Regency dances!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £7.10 / Child £4.20 / Concession £6.40/ Family £18.60 / Members: Free

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/apsley

Apsley House Twilight Tours

  • 7 October 2015 6-8pm
  • 14 October 2015 6-8pm
  • 21 October 2015 6-8pm
  • 28 October 2015 6-8pm

Guided by torchlight, discover the fascinating history and beautiful collection of art at Apsley House. Our twilight tours take place every Wednesday in October.

Admission

Adult £7.10 / Child £4.20 / Concession £6.40/ Family £18.60 / Members: Free

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/apsley

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Downstairs Diary

It's the children's first day as servants to the Duke. Mrs Perkins, his housekeeper is on hand to tell them what their jobs will be and how she expects them to behave. Find out if you have what it takes to work below stairs in a grand house!
Discovery visits last for 90 minutes and are charged at £90 for a group of 30. Please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/education or call 020 7499 5676 ext 24 to book.

Think It Write It

Using portraits in the Apsley collection for inspiration and a story-teller, students will develop skills in creative writing and descriptive language. This active workshop explores creative writing through storytelling, writing and performance.
Discovery visits last for 90 minutes and are charged at £90 for a group of 30. Please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/education or call 020 7499 5676 ext 24 to book.

Victorian Life with Hannah the Housemaid

It’s not easy being a servant in a grand house like Apsley. Hannah the housemaid will engage your class in role play, object handling and discussion about how her life at Apsley differs from their home lives today.
Discovery visits last for 90 minutes and are charged at £90 for a group of 30. Please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/education or call 020 7499 5676 ext 24 to book.

What's In A Face?

A portrait tells much more than simply what a person looked like. Children work with an artist to discover the hidden information in the Apsley portraits, followed by a step-by-step guide to drawing portraits using key drawing skills such as face mapping and shading.
Discovery visits last for 90 minutes and are charged at £90 for a group of 30. Please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/education or call 020 7499 5676 ext 24 to book.

Getting there

Take exit 1 from Hyde Park Corner Underground Station

Apsley House - English Heritage
149 Piccadilly
Hyde Park Corner
London
Greater London
W1J 7NT
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/apsley-house/

Telephone

020 7499 5676

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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