Apsley House is the London townhouse of the Dukes of Wellington. It stands alone at Hyde Park Corner, on the south-east corner of Hyde Park, facing south towards the busy traffic roundabout in the centre of which stands the Wellington Arch. It is a Grade I listed building.
It is sometimes referred to as the Wellington Museum, its official designation under a 1947 Act of Parliament. The house is now run by English Heritage and is open to the public as a museum and art gallery, exhibiting the Wellington Collection, a large collection of paintings, other artworks and memorabilia of the career of the 1st Duke. The 9th Duke of Wellington retains the use of part of the buildings. It is perhaps the only preserved example of an English aristocratic townhouse from its period. The practice has been to maintain the rooms as far as possible in the original style and decor.
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Malcolm Simpson | Apr 29, 2018
The house is of historical significance and contains a magnificent art collection, much of it a generous gift from the King of Spain, whom Wellington was helping restore to his throne. Although still part occupied by the family and having friendly staff, it does have a feel for the old fashioned sort of museum. No photos, no sense of a house still lived in, missing those small touches the NT does so well.
Alan Jones | Mar 6, 2018
Surprising range of art. The Duke had very good taste. The audio guide is a useful and interesting addition to the experience. The room guides are knowledgeable and friendly and willing to answer questions. Well worth a visit.
Wim Rijksen | May 4, 2018
Nice, but not that big. There are nine rooms to view with beautiful art and furniture, which takes about an hour if you listen to all the spoken information on the audio guide.
David Browne | May 5, 2018
Fascinating collection of artifacts from the life of the first Duke of Wellington. But nothing to show how he became so wealthy on an Army officer's salary.
Ana Sousa | Feb 20, 2018
Loved every single detail. If you like to know some more history grab the free audio-guide
Barry Pape | Jun 3, 2018
We were really impressed with this place having driven past it for years and never having been inside. The Duke of Wellies was a big art buff and I feel his desire to fill every inch of wall with a painting. Sometimes more is more. Lots of great Napoleon pics and sculptures. I feel I need an arch-enemy now to collect pictures and sculptures of. And the icing on the cake is the exhibition downstairs about the lives of the servants downstairs. There are recorded tours for families with kids, lovers of architecture and art lovers. I might go back a couple more times and do the other two tours. Great place.
Nik K | Jun 14, 2018
The free audio tour made it a very interesting visit. There is a huge amount of info with 2 different tours: history or art. Only downside is that you can't take photos
jonathan white | Jun 7, 2018
Unique experience. Great house. Great art. Great story. If you are reading this, you MUST visit.
Caroline Thomson-Smith | Jul 6, 2018
Fantastic! We really enjoyed our visit. I went with my husband and our 8 year old nephew. We were all kept interested. The interactive headset guide helped with this as it is has various functions according to age and interest. Wonderful things on display. We were lucky that there was a short talk being given at the time of our visit which was very interesting and informal with questions encouraged by a very friendly guide. Also lucky that we got a Birdseye view of the rehearsal for the trooping of the colour! The staff spotted this and with no hesitation interrupted the talk and ushered the assembled visitors to the windows so we didn't miss out. The staff clearly love what they do and are very friendly and welcoming.
Quentin King | Jun 18, 2018
My first visit to Apsley house was made very special by the fact that it was the anniversary weekend of the battle of Waterloo. There were a series of talks by experts on the history of Napoleon, Josephine, Wellington and the battle. Members of the re-enactment society were dressed up in uniforms from the era. I learned so much about that shockingly brutal and decisive battle. At other times of year, it would still be interesting to visit, though the audio guide is more aimed at children.
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