Wellington Museum and Apsley House

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Wellington Museum and Apsley House - Apsley House
Wellington Museum and Apsley House - The road leading to B'ham Palace
Wellington Museum and Apsley House - taken from the terrace of the Wellington Museum
Wellington Museum and Apsley House - Another shot
Wellington Museum and Apsley House - Australian memorial
Wellington Museum and Apsley House - New Zealand memorial
Wellington Museum and Apsley House - Wellington Arch

Wellington Museum and Apsley House London Reviews

Vikram Vikram
308 reviews
I like it, although it can be deemed a bit pricey! Oct 27, 2012
Oh Apsley House!

How did I NOT know who you were, having passed by you so many times as I walked the last walk of my London trips all these days, EACH TRIP... and I'd climb on (or alight) at the Green Park station!

How did I NOT know you were part of the "English Heritage" community, and that you were free to see with a London Pass?

And how did I NOT know that you are a bit pricey for what you offer?!

Apsley House to me was another of the royal big houses and has the 'typical' stuff that I'm really used to seeing by now. Let that not take away the grandeur though - there's the pink room, the yellow room, the basement room replete with paitings, and the 1st of 2 highlights for me was the massive statue near the staircase, as BIG and as NAKED as the Michelangelo statue in the Accademia in Firenze.

The other part (my 2nd highlight) was this room that was dark, and has amazing exhibits. On entering it (as it was next to the gift shop), I thought it might be a bit ho hum but NO! It's got exquisite cutlery, silverware, infact there was one in particular that looked like a dining table candle stand and it was carved with pictures of various wars.

I met 2 very charming British ladies (also tourists) and we had a good chat about the pictures, the artwork, and other topics like life in London, cost of living, etc.

All in all, I'd recommend this place - again, not a Tier 1 attraction if this is your 1st trip to London, but if you're looking for something around London and you've seen the big sights already, WALK RIGHT IN!

Coming to WELLINGTON MUSEUM - Again, included with the London Pass, I'm quite undecided if I like this or hate it. You don't get any "views" of London like the tourist brochures claim, it's mainly random buildings and a bunch of trees, except the Road that leads to B'ham Palace. There was an exhibition on one of the top floors, again, not a must-see, thank God it was free (for me) with the London Pass.
Apsley House
taken from the terrace of the Well…
The road leading to B'ham Palace
Another shot
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hdichter hdichter
24 reviews
Aug 21, 2007
In addition to all of the free museums in London, there are several others that are worth the entrance fee. Right at the Hyde Park Corner stop on the Underground is the Apsley House and Weillington Museum. In addition to having a museum to see, there are quite a lot of monuments, some of which are rather new, to see just outside the Apsley House.

As the Apsley House was purchased by the Duke of Wellington, needless to say in the green area directly across from the house is a statute of the Duke of Wellington on his horse, with four soldiers surrounding the horse. Dominating the park is, of course, the Wellington Arch, including a quadriga on the top. I lucked out and the Arch was free the day I walked by, though only the first two floors (not the third). I learned all about the blue historic plaques on buildings in London, and also about the New Zealand-Great Britain relationship. The latter, which is currently the exhibit on the second floor, is a result of the memorial to the New Zealand troops who fought during the two World Wars, which opened on November 11, 2006 at another corner of this small part of Hyde Park (which is surrounded by large streets). Also in the park is a long memorial to the Australian troops, which opened in 2003. Just off the corner of the park, across the intersection from the Wellington Arch, is the monument to the troops from the Indian subcontinent who fought in the World Wars as well. Lastly, within the park there are also two additional monuments to the Royal Regiment of Artillery, and another to the Machine Gun Corps.

After spending time among the memorials to the brave men who fought during World War I and II, I walked through the tunnels below the traffic which show artwork on the Duke of Wellington's life. Above ground I went into the Apsley House and paid the student rate (four pounds) to see the Wellington Museum. The entry cost includes a free audio guide, which is well worth the information it provides. Actually, the descriptions are quite long -- and there are extra numbers to press to hear other stories about Wellington's life or, mostly, the artworks and gifts contained within the museum. The House was given by the Seventh Duke of Wellington to the Nation to become a museum in 1947, but really only the public rooms are available to tour, as the current Duke of Wellington still lives in some other parts of the house. Nonetheless, the rooms to see were quite beautiful and covered with artwork. In particular the First Duke of Wellington collected many works depicting his nemesis, Napoleon, and the Bonaparte family. Quite interestingly, Wellington respected Napoleon and thus collected the many pieces of work that either depicted Napoleon or were his. The room with China and swords contains many pretty pieces, but most definitely the Portuguese silver dining room centerpiece, still on the dining room table, is unbelievable. So are the malachite tables which were gifts from Tsar Alexander. Don't forget the room in the basement with some of Wellington's regalia, as well as political cartoons from his time as Prime Minister -- quite amusing! This little corner of London is well worth a couple hours of time to see the monuments and the museum!
Wellington Arch
New Zealand memorial
Australian memorial
Monument to the Royal Regiment of …
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monoli says:
just to point one thing- current Duke doesn't live at Apsley House. It's his son, Lord Duoro who's the resident of the 2nd floor
Posted on: Sep 18, 2011
aditany says:
quite agree, great review. the museum was quite complete and records the memory of wellington clearly.
Posted on: Apr 19, 2009

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