Wellington Arch, also known as Constitution Arch or (originally) as the Green Park Arch, is a Grade I-listed triumphal arch by Decimus Burton that forms a centrepiece of Hyde Park Corner in central London, between corners of Hyde Park and Green Park; it stands on a large traffic island with crossings for pedestrian access. From its construction (1826–1830) the arch stood in a different location nearby; it was moved to its current site in 1882–1883. It originally supported a colossal equestrian statue of the 1st Duke of Wellington by the sculptor Matthew Cotes Wyatt, as a result of which it has acquired the name "the Wellington Arch" in the vernacular. A bronze quadriga (an ancient four-horse chariot) by Adrian Jones has surmounted it since 1912.
Both the Wellington Arch and Marble Arch (originally sited in front of Buckingham Palace) were planned in 1825 by George IV to commemorate Britain's victories in the Napoleonic Wars. During the second half of the 1820s, the Commissioners of Woods and Forests and the King resolved that Hyde Park, and the area around it, should be renovated to match the splendour of rival European capital cities, and that the essence of the new arrangement would be a triumphal approach to the recently completed Buckingham Palace. The committee of the project, led by the Prime Minister, Lord Liverpool, and advised by Charles Arbuthnot, President of the Board of Commissioners of Woods and Forests, selected Decimus Burton as the project's architect. In 1828, when giving evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee on the Government's spending on public works, Arbuthnot explained that he had nominated Burton "having seen in the Regent's Park, and elsewhere, works which pleased my eye, from their architectural beauty and correctness". Burton intended to create an urban space dedicated to the celebration of the House of Hanover, national pride, and the nation's heroes.
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Pepper Pociask | Apr 25, 2018
Wonderful tour with a great view from the top of the arch! Our guide was absolutely perfect, friendly and informative. Wheelchair accessible. Interesting history and very cool artifacts. Adorable but tiny gift shop, but our favorite souvenirs came from here! Try the Ginger Liquor, yummy!
Dan B | Jan 6, 2018
If you wish to go inside you can buy tickets in a climb to the top and see all the views of the surrounding City. The people inside I'm very willing to tell you the history of the arch and why they replaced the statue on the top. They have a special ticket that you can buy and visit a ton of other places in England within a certain time it's worth doing if you have the time. They sell some special Limited production locally made alcohols only sold in the gift shop they are amazing and well worth it.
Bartosz Tchorzewski | Apr 21, 2018
Very polite and approachable employees will answer most of questions about the place - always happy to help. Great views from the arch: highly recommended to be there when horse guard goes to or from Buckingham Palace.
Nik K | Apr 20, 2018
Worth a look if you are Apsley House but not that much to see apart from the view. Mostly focused on history of battles between Wellington and Napoleon
Kim Ellis | May 4, 2018
Stunning location surrounded by the Australian and New Zealand war memorials. I was lucky enough to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service there - truly memorable.
kermit green | Jun 11, 2018
This was a great spot to watch the Queens Birthday Fly Past / Fly Over. If you watch from The Mall, the planes will pass directly overhead. But from here yo can see them side on whilst still being very close. Its great cycling through this arch!
Super Dory | Jun 1, 2018
Cracking arch. Not much competition around here. No arch-rivals worth mentioning. Apart from maybe Marble Arch of course, but that looks equally isolated and even further from a sensible context. Aside from that you're gonna have to head to Paris to find a noteworthy challenger.
Paul Hudson | May 21, 2018
Interesting Waterloo / Wellington exhibition but not much to see in the Arch itself. Good view from the gallery.
Caroline Thomson-Smith | Jul 6, 2018
A small and probably overlooked attraction. Very interesting and educational. Lovely people staff this place who obviously really love their job. They were very kind to my little bit and made sure he was able to collect all his badges. Very patient. They are a little health and safety conscious on the top teir!
Cassandra Y. | Jul 8, 2018
Another monument in London. After staying here and sightseeing for a few days, losing the excitement when I saw any new statues. First day, I would be so excited to take pictures with the monument... but after seeing so many of them, kind o But it is fascinating to see the old (history) and mixed with the new. All the monument are well maintained. You see tourists everywhere in the city. Definitely tourists friendly city. The residents and businesses here are so used to see tourists everyday. They are respectful.
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