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Wellington Arch

  • Hyde Park Corner Map It
  • Mayfair
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Opposite the Duke of Wellington's mansion, Apsley House, this majestic stone arch surveys the traffic rushing around Hyde Park Corner. Designed by Decimus Burton and completed in 1828, it was created as a grand entrance to the west side of London and echoes the design of that other landmark gate, Marble Arch. Both were triumphal arches commemorating Britain's victory against France in the Napoleonic Wars. Atop the building, the Angel of Peace descends on the quadriga, or four-horse chariot of war. This replaced the Duke of Wellington on his horse, which was considered too large and moved to an army barracks in Aldershot. Inside the arch, three floors of permanent and temporary exhibits reveal the monument's history.

Sight Information

Address:

Hyde Park Corner, London, W1J 7JZ, England

Map It

Phone:

020-7930–2726

Sight Details:

  • £4.20
  • Daily 10–4, but platform sometimes closed for exhibition installations

Published 08/18/2015

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