Wellington Arch

Things to see and do

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. We may need to continue making changes as we follow continually evolving Government advice, so we recommend checking this information before your visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. 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. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • How are you keeping us safe?

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. 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.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

Wellington Arch at night

Battle of Waterloo Anniversary

Hugely over-confident on the morning of the battle, Napoleon declared that the French could not fail to take the day. The rest, as they say, is history.

2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Visit the third and fourth floors to learn more about the day when Wellington met and defeated Napoleon in the new exhibition.

Unrivalled Views

Peek into the Queen's back gardens from the balconies of Wellington Arch. Look out over London's Royal Parks to the Houses of Parliament.

If you get your timings right, you can watch the Household Cavalry passing through the arch on their way to and from the Changing of the Guard. Stopping the traffic on their way as they ride on horseback beneath you - it is an unforgettable sight.

Exhibition space in the Quadriga Gallery at Wellington Arch, London

Excellent Exhibition

Did you know that Wellington Arch hasn't always been opposite the entrance to Hyde Park? How did they move such a huge monument? Has the bronze statue always been of the Angel of Peace riding in a horse-drawn chariot?

Find out the answers to these questions and many more in the exhibition on the first floor. See previous exhibitions in the Quadriga Gallery. Discover the history of Wellington Arch.

Close-up of the Quadriga statue, Wellington Arch

Browse and Buy

Our fascinating shop sells a wide range of specialist historical books, on the Battle of Waterloo as well as other topics.

Browse a range of the English Heritage guidebooks, and don't forget to buy a souvenir to take home with you. Or shop online before or after your visit.

Plan your visit to Wellington Arch today.

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