Address: Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, London W1J 7JZ

Website

Time: From 10.00am

Time Information: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/wellington-arch/prices-and-opening-times

Phone: 0207 930 2726

Entry Price: £4.30 for adult

850m from Victoria

100m from Hyde Park Corner

In the 1700’s there was a plan to have a great west entrance to the city of London, and because of this idea, the nearby Apsley House, home of the Duke of Wellington, was nicknamed ‘No 1, London’.

King George IV saw the idea of a great arch as the start of a processional route to the Palace and commissioned the arch, which was built in 1826-30 by Decimus Burton. William IV succeeded George in 1830 and lacking the same enthusiasm, simply left the arch as the entrance to Green Park. It was named Green Park Arch.

Following the triumphs of the Napoleonic Wars, there was pressure to display suitable monuments to the hero of the day, the Duke of Wellington, and it was felt that the arch was the perfect base for such a monument.

Sculptor Matthew Cotes Wyatt was commissioned to build the monument and produced an enormous, extremely unpopular work of art which was erected in 1847.

In 1883, due to road widening, the arch had to be moved a short distance to its current location. This was the opportunity for the enormous sculpture to be taken down. It was decided to melt it and, as the Army objected, it was agreed to hand it over to them for display at their base in Aldershot.

In 1891, the Prince of Wales suggested a smaller quadringa to replace it and sculptor Adrian Jones was commissioned, finishing the work in 1912. It is the largest bronze sculpture in Europe. The arch was used as a police station from the 1950’s until 1992 and now houses an exhibition.

It’s run by English Heritage who charge an entry fee, but also offer a joint ticket that includes nearby Apsley House.

Wellington Arch is within easy walking distance of Buckingham Palace and host of other famous London landmarks.

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