Wellington Arch - English Heritage

venue representative image
Shop icon Hearing disability facilities icon Visual disability facilities icon Wheelchair access icon

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.

New for Winter 2018, The Royal Artillery in WW1 1914-1918, an exhibition telling the story of the 'Gunners', the Royal Regiment of Artillery. The sacrifice of over 49,000 from this branch of the British Army and how the nearby monument was dedicated to them.

Venue Type:

Heritage site

Opening hours

1st April- 30 September
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October-31 October
1st April- 30 September
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

1st November - 30 March
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

English Heritage Member Free
Adult £5.40
Child (5-17 years) £3.20
Concession £4.90
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) £14.00
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.
Shop: Level Access.

Collection details

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

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




020 7930 2726

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.