Explore the magnificent paintings, artwork and exhibitions at Apsley House, the former home of the first Duke of Wellington.
Enjoy a glimpse into the life of the man who defeated Napoleon through his lifetime collection of incredible art and decorative objects, all housed within the lavishly decorated rooms at this Georgian home that once had the iconic address “Number 1 London”.
What is there to see at Apsley House?
Admire opulent interiors and a stunning art collection acquired by the Duke, a lot of which was from gifts following his great victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Find yourself in awe of the rich gold interior of the Piccadilly Drawing Room and the lavish reds of the Waterloo Gallery as you explore the immaculately designed rooms. Admire almost 3,000 paintings that make up one of London’s finest art collections, and an extraordinary collection of silver, porcelain and furniture, all displayed amid stunning interiors.
Make sure to venture down to the basement gallery to discover items rarely seen before, with decorative memorabilia including medals and shields from “The Iron Duke’s” military career.
What’s on at Apsley House?
To mark King Charles III’s Coronation, the first Duke of Wellington’s Coronation robes have been put on display at Apsley House until 1 October 2023. Admire the magnificent garments, dating back to 1821, as they’re displayed to the public for the first time in more than 30 years.
How long does a visit take?
With so much history and heritage to discover, you could easily spend one to two hours exploring Apsley House.
Combine the trip with a visit to Wellington Arch, where you can learn about Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon, and enjoy panoramic views over Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace from the balconies.
How can I get tickets?
Where is Apsley House?
Apsley House is at Hyde Park Corner, central London.
How to get there
The closest tube station is Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line), which is adjacent to Wellington Arch.
Various bus routes stop close by at Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Piccadilly and Grosvenor Place.
There is also a Santander Cycles docking station at Wellington Arch.
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Facilities & Accessibility
- Access Inside Building Facilities
- Accessible lift
- Steps within building
- Attraction Facilities
- Audio commentary available
- Gift shop
- Patron toilets
- Booking Facilities
- Group bookings accepted
- Payment Facilities
- Group rates available