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Apsley House is now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.
We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.
Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.
Henry Bathurst, Baron Apsley, commissions architect Robert Adam to build him a new house at a cost of £10,000.
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Richard Wellesley buys Apsley, spends huge sums on it, winds up facing bankruptcy and separates from his wife.
Richard's younger brother, Battle of Waterloo hero the Duke of Wellington, anonymously buys Apsley House to resolve his brother's financial woes.
Wellington employs architect Benjamin Wyatt to design the State Dining Room. He holds his magnificent annual Waterloo Banquet here every 18 June until the Waterloo Gallery takes over.
The Duke becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
When Wyatt presents the Duke with a massive construction bill for £64,000, nearly three times his original estimate, the Duke calls a halt to alterations.
Major works at Apsley continue, including the stunning Waterloo Gallery, hung with paintings captured from the Spanish Royal Collection and donated by grateful tsars and kings.
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The Duke dies at Walmer Castle, Kent.
Wellington's son and heir, the 2nd Duke, opens a 'Museum Room' to the public, displaying his father's gifts and trophies.
After the 6th Duke dies from battle wounds, the 7th Duke offers Apsley House to the nation, together with much of the 1st Duke's important art collection.
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The Ministry of Works opens Apsley to the public for the centenary of Wellington's death.
The 'Hyde Park Improvement Scheme' diverts Park Lane, cutting Apsley House off from the rest of Piccadilly.
English Heritage takes over custodial responsibility. It cares for over 3,000 collection items given to the Duke by famous international leaders.
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