Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch information

Location
London , England
Address
Hyde Park Corner
W1
Getting there
Tube: Hyde Park Corner
More information
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/wellington-arch
Prices
adult/child £4.70/2.80, with Apsley House £10.50/6.30
Opening hours
10am-6pm Apr-Sep, to 4pm Nov-Mar
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Dominating the green space throttled by the Hyde Park Corner roundabout, this imposing neoclassical 1826 arch originally faced the Hyde Park Screen, but was shunted here in 1882 for road widening. Once a police station, it is now a gallery with temporary exhibitions and a permanent display about the history of the arch. The open-air balconies (accessible by lift) afford unforgettable views of Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and the Mall.

Originally crowned by a disproportionately large equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington (which now stands in Aldershot in Hamsphire), it was replaced by the current four-horse Peace Descending on the Quadriga of War in 1912, Europe’s largest bronze sculpture. At the time of writing the lift was out of action, but it should be up and running by the time you read this.