Set in the heart of royal London at Hyde Park Corner, Wellington Arch was built in 1825-7 as part of a campaign to improve the royal parks. Intended as a victory arch proclaiming Wellington's defeat of Napoleon, it is crowned by the largest bronze sculpture in Europe, depicting the Angel of Peace descending on the ‘Quadriga’ – or four-horsed chariot – of War.
Today it is a landmark for both Londoners and visitors and a great addition to a memorable day out in London. Visitors can enjoy the glorious panoramas over London's Royal Parks and the Houses of Parliament from the balconies below the spectacular bronze sculpture. The view of the Household Cavalry on their way to and from the Changing of the Guard is a joy to behold!
In addition to a new exhibition about the history of Wellington Arch, the London landmark now houses an additional exhibition space - The Quadriga Gallery. The gallery hosts a series of fast-changing exhibitions exploring the history and heritage of England.
For 2013 we mark the centenary of the landmark Ancient Monuments Act (1913) with five special exhibitions highlighting the movement to protect England’s heritage – from its early days through to the challenges of tomorrow.
Carscapes: How the Motor Car Reshaped England
Wed 12 Feb - Sun 6 July 2014
The motor car transformed English towns and countryside, changing our working and living patterns, our landscapes to carscapes. Visit our new exhibition exploring this change.
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Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, London - W1J 7JZ
For just £39 a year, English Heritage members get free entry to our properties and exclusive discounts.
Suitable for weddings and corporate functions