Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch
Wellington Arch
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This grand classical style triumphal arch was built c.1828 to designs by Decimus Burton. First constructed as an entrance to Hyde Park, the Arch was moved and realigned on its present commanding position at the top of the ceremonial route of Constitution Hill in 1882.

The interior visitor centre has three floors of exhibits detailing the history of the arch, and visitors can access terraces on top of the arch, which give very good views of Hyde Park, Green Park, and glimpses of the private gardens of Buckingham Palace.

The frieze is based on the Elgin Marbles to be seen in the British Museum. A massive statue of Wellington once stood on top but was replaced by the present spectacular bronze quadriga - depicting the angel of peace descending on the chariot of war in 1912.

Admission Charge.

See Also: Marble Arch

Opening Hours:
Visitor Centre Exhibition and Viewing Platform 10am to 5pm, 10am to 4pm (winter months)
Closed 24th to 26th December and January 1st

Telephone: 020 7930 2726

Address: Hyde Park Corner, W1

Website: Wellington Arch

Nearby Stations: Hyde Park Corner Station

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