Wellington Arch, also known as Constitution Arch or (originally) the Green Park Arch, is a triumphal arch located to the south of Hyde Park and at the north western corner of Green Park. Wellington Arch is a landmark for Londoners and visitors alike. Originally commissioned as a grand outer entrance to Buckingham Palace, this massive monument was moved to its present site in 1882.
The arch, and Marble Arch to the north of Hyde Park, were both planned in 1825 by George IV to commemorate Britain's victories in the Napoleonic Wars. The Wellington Arch was also conceived as an outer gateway to Constitution Hill and therefore a grand entrance into central London from the west. The presence of a turnpike gate at this point had led, in the eighteenth century, to a strong perception that this was the beginning of London (reflected in the nickname for Apsley House as "No 1, London") and the Arch was intended to reflect the importance of the position.
The original bronze statue of The 1st Duke of Wellington was the largest equestrian figure ever made. However, it was removed to Aldershot when the Arch was moved to its current location and was eventually replaced, in 1912, by a huge bronze quadriga designed by Adrian Jones.
Guided Tours are available for Wellington Arch and the nearby Apsley House. Tours last approximately two hours and tickets must be booked in advance. A joint Entry ticket for both Wellington Arch and Apsley House is available. Call for prices and to book: 020 79302726.
Wellington Arch opening times:
1 Apr - 31 Oct - 10am-5pm Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, & Bank Holidays.
1 Nov-31 Mar - 10am-4pm Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, & Sun.
Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. The property may close at short notice, please ring in advance for details.
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