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Apsley House, London

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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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  • Our Daughter had visited Apsley House last year and recommended it to us. We found the house full of wonderful history. We also enjoyed two talks, one about the a hand painted dinner service that was ...  more »
  • Our visit was really interesting. They have an excellent audio guide which takes round the house and I really learnt a lot about the Duke of Wellington. We had a fascinating talk about Wellington's co...  more »
  • I've lived in London for three years without having knowledge of this place, until I became a member of the English Heritage. The room with all the war memorabilia is absolutely stunning, I loved the ...  more »
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  • As an military history lover I have always loved to learn about the grand old duke of Wellington Napoleon's conquerer. Apsley house is his post Waterloo London home and it does not disappoint! It's absolutely exquisite and definitely worth seeing! Art lovers will be in heaven! The guide book is really good and worth the 4 pounds. It also has one of the best audio guides I have ever seen.
  • Opulent house that is part museum to The Duke of Wellington and part art gallery. Less than £10. There are multimedia guides on offer plus talks from staff at certain times.
  • Historical gem well worth visiting. A lot more to see inside than I expected.
  • You will be astounded at the number of opulent gifts the Duke received from around the globe following the defeat of Napoleon
  • The little table they give you for the audio tour is neat and the house is full of interesting artifacts. If you have kids the tablet has games for them to play while doing the tour. Not gonna lie, I played the games too...

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