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Apsley House, Wellington Museum

Revel in the dazzling Regency interiors, glittering treasures and fabulous art collections of the Duke of Wellington's Apsley House. Experienced the Waterloo Gallery and enjoy the new multimedia guides and displays.

Home of the first Duke of Wellington and his descendants and properly known as 'Number One London', Apsley House stands right in the heart of the capital at Hyde Park Corner. It's the last surviving great aristocratic London townhouse open to the public.

Originally designed by Robert Adam the Baron Apsley—From whom it takes his name—it passed to the Wellesley family in 1807, Being first owned by Richard and then his younger brother Arthur Wellesley—the Duke of Wellington.

Wellington is most famous for defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the a culmination of a brilliant military career in India, Spain and France. He was also a major politician becoming prime minister in 1828.

Remodelled by Benjamin Wyatt to reflect the Dukes rising status, Apsley House dazzling interiors are magnificent examples of the Regency style. They provide the perfect backdrop for entertaining, particularly the annual Waterloo Banquets Which commemorated the great victory.

Apsley's other highlights include the grandiose State Dining Room, with this breathtaking crystal chandelier and gilt Portuguese tableware service, one of the many treasures presented to Wellington by grateful nations. Among other personal memorabilia you can also see an original pair of the first Duke's false teeth.

Dimensions interior also celebrates many more aspects of the first chips life and work, including is outstanding art collection. Paintings by many famous artists–including Valèzquez, Goya and Breughel—Hang throughout the first floor rooms and a colossal nude statue of Napoleon by Canova dominates the stairwell at the centre of the house, which had to be reinforced debates formidable weight.

Now Apsley also offers new visitor information, a layered multimedia guide and children's multimedia guide, and basement gallery displays.

When the seventh Duke of Wellington gave the house to the nation in 1947, the retained the private rooms, which they still use today. This makes Apsley House the only property managed by English Heritage in which the original owner's family still live.

Museum Video

Museum Facilities

  • Cafe

  • Restaurant

  • Shop

  • Audio Guide

  • Tour Guide

  • Photography

  • Wheelchair Access

  • WiFi

  • Venue Hire

  • Available

  • Not allowed

  • Unconfirmed

  • Prior permission required.

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London Area: Central


  • Apsley House
  • 149 Piccadilly
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • London
  • W1J 7NT


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 1

  • Underground

    • Hyde Park Corner
    • Victoria

    National Rail

    • Victoria

    Bus Numbers

  • 10, 74, 137, 414, 9, 14, 19, 22, 38, c2


Adult £9.70
Child £5.80
Concession £7.80
Family £25.20
Admission discounts
Art Fund FREE entry
English Heritage FREE entry
London Pass FREE entry
Open Hours
Wednesday 11:00am 17:00pm
Thursday 11:00am 17:00pm
Friday 11:00am 17:00pm
Saturday 11:00am 17:00pm
Sunday 11:00am 17:00pm
Bank Holidays 11:00am 17:00pm

Contact Details

Phone 020 7499 5676
Website Apsley House, Wellington Museum
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