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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. Planning London trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • I didn't know about Aplsey House (and presumably neither do most people, so it wasn't very crowded). Very easy to get to, and most interesting to see round. A small venue, so if it had been crowded it...  more »
  • This must be one of the top attractions in London, but I hadn't heard of it until recently. A great historical journey through the life on the Duke of Wellington, the Battle of Waterloo and his lifelo...  more »
  • Not off the beaten track but right on Hyde Park Corner is this fantastic home dedicated to the Duke of Wellington and his collection of paintings and prizes. While many places are packed with tourists...  more »
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  • Wonderful museum with an excellent audio guide. Perfect for history buffs and Wellington fans. More suited for adults.
  • Visited the house yesterday with family and it was one of the best we ever had. Not necessarily because of the sumptuous interiors or the incredible collection of paintings (Rubens, Velasquez and many other famous painters) or table services - all received as gifts by the Duke following the victory at Waterloo, but because of the incredible amount of facts we learned from the 2 guides we met and talked to during our visit. Well done guys, keep doing what you doing!
  • Wonderful place to visit. Very helpful and informative staff. Plenty to see and do!
  • Interesting memorial to the life and death of Napoléon and his arch-enemy, the Duke of Wellington. The audio guide is really well done
  • Beautiful house!! Unfortunate that they didn't allow to click pictures inside. Beautiful interiors & art collection.

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