Wellington Arch

Local nameWellington Arch
LocationLondon, UK

Commemorating the British victory in the Napoleonic Wars, this arch is a real masterpiece of classical architecture and one of London's most characteristic monuments.

The arch used to be a home for the smallest police station in London until the late 1950's, as it is hollow inside. Nowadays it houses a museum with both permanent and temporary exhibits, which shed some light on this peculiar piece of architecture. On top of this arch rests a very detailed sculpture of a quadriga (four-horse chariot). It is the largest bronze sculpture in Europe.

If you are lucky, you can witness the Household Cavalry riding on horseback through the arch, coming from the Changing of the Guard. You can also observe the Queen's back gardens from the balcony.

This monument allows pushchairs, but be aware that there are spiral staircases and balconies, that can be problematic for someone with a fear of heights. There are also no toilets onsite. If you are interested in English Heritage, make sure to visit the bookshop that resides in the entrance of the Arch.

Tags English HeritageGeorgian ArchitectureVictory MonumentNeoclassical ArchitectureLondon PassObservation DeckTriumphal ArchMemorialHistorical
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More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington_Arch

Official website http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/wellington-arch/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wellingtonarch

Phone +44 2079 302 726

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

Coordinates 51°30'9.129" N -0°9'2.946" E

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