Apsley House, London
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
The London home of the Dukes of Welllington, Apsley House now functions as a museum and art gallery run by English Heritage. Built in the 18th century, the house represents possibly the only example of an English aristocratic townhouse from the period. The heritage museum contains a collection of 200 paintings, including works by Velazquez and Rubens. Eighty-three of the paintings were gathered as part of a looting of Joseph Bonaparte's baggage train following the Battle of Vitoria. Admire the grandeur of the stately home, and if you're lucky, you might catch a sighting of the ninth Duke of Wellington, who still resides here from time to time. Using our international travel planner, London attractions like Apsley House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Apsley House was a marvelous fit into a packed day in London. It is a smallish building, as grand houses go, but full of beautiful furniture, many art works and memorabilia of the Napoleonic Wars. It ... read more »
Thoroughly enjoyed 1.5 hours at Apsley House and Wellington Arch. Fantastic Wellington and Bonaparte memorabilia. From sword Wellington used at Waterloo to his false teeth! Magnificent artwork. Beauti... read more »
We were fortunate to have a guided tour which was well worth the cost. A self guided option is available and seemed to be very well organised. The house is incredible and the pictures, most of which w... read more »
Amazing. Worth going on to see the great artwork. Titian， Caravaggio, valaquez just to name a few.
Visited in 2015 when I had my membership pass (which I am going to renew) A nice house with some really interesting and beautiful things. Has a fantastic art collection with some really fine silver and porcelain. This was a Georgian house which the Duke of Wellington lived in. Of course the address is totally exclusive being "Number One - London" There is also the "Equestrian Statue of the Duke of Wellington" just over the road so this is all quite poignant. I am not great on stately homes as there is so much to take in, try and absorb. So my final note for this review is "You have to see it - to believe it" Recommended but spend time there.
I found the new audio-guide quite annoying. The touch screen was very 'unresponsive' and slow to react, the splitting up into Highlights, Family and Art forced me to switch from one to the other on the screen to get all the bits that were of interest to me. The worst bit was at the end of my tour. I was asked by the gentleman at the entrance how I found the experience, and I voiced my opinion only to be told that maybe I would be more at ease with knitting and crocheting rather than using modern technology. How patronising! The house itself and its history is as fascinating as ever, but it appears that progress is not always progress. The old audio guide was much better in my opinion.
London landmark maintains a tenacious presence despite the traffic. Sumptuous interiors and formidable collection.
Amazing the duke is the perfect host.
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