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Pictures of Wellington Arch

in the town of London, in the county of Greater London

About Wellington Arch

This is one of London's famous ceremonial arches, it was designed in 1825 as a triumphal entrance to Buckingham Palace from the corner of Hyde Park. The top of the arch is crowned with an magnificent sculpture depicting Peace descending on the Chariot of War, below from its viewing platforms there are exceptional views of London's parks and dramatic skyline.

For the first time in all its long history Wellington Arch is open to the public, inside fascinating exhibitions tell of its history and inception. The arch also provides visitors with an ideal vantage point to see the mounted Horse Guards as they pass between its majestic columns each day.

Decimus Burton designed the arch, interestingly in 1846 a large statue of the Duke of Wellington on horse-back was erected on top of the arch without the consent of Burton. This remained there until 1882 when a road widening scheme called for the arch to be dismantled and moved to its present site looking down Constitutional Hill. Only then did the opportunity arise to remove the overlarge statue of the Duke to a more suitable site in Aldershot, home of the British Army, where it has remained ever since. Later, in 1912, this wonderful neo-classical arch was finally completed with the superb sculpture we see today.

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One of the many Coach & Horses in London.  This one is Mayfair, off New Bond St.

Mayfair (33 Pictures)

in the county of Greater London

(0.4 miles, 0.7 km)

Mayfair has it all, it is the haunt of the rich and famous, with elegant houses and apartment buildings that are the sole province of the wealthy...

A picture of Piccadilly

Piccadilly (18 Pictures)

in the county of Greater London

(0.6 miles, 0.9 km)

One of the Capital's most noted places, Piccadilly sweeps uphill with handsome houses on one side and Green Park on the other...

Aldwych Theatre

Westminster (131 Pictures)

in the county of Greater London

(0.8 miles, 1.3 km)

Of all the jewels in the City of Westminster, none shines more brightly than Westminster Abbey, stunning setting for the coronation of almost every English monarch since William the Conqueror was crowned there in 1066...

London - Marylebone, Paddington Place, Sept 2002

Marylebone (6 Pictures)

in the county of Greater London

(1.1 miles, 1.8 km)

Marylebone is one of London's more affluent area's, it is home mostly to the well to do, and yet only a couple of centuries ago a large workhouse was built here to give shelter to the poor and homeless, often foundlings were discovered on the workhouse doorstep...

Horseguards, London, October 2008

London (3262 Pictures)

a Historic City in the county of Greater London

(1.2 miles, 1.9 km, direction NE)

London is one of the World's most exciting, cultural destinations where visitors can walk with history whilst enjoying all that is best of modern day facilities, shops, theatres.....

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Recommended attractions near Wellington Arch

Wellington Museum, from Wellington Arch in London

Apsley House (15 Pictures)

(0.1 miles, 0.1 km)

Apsley House is best known for the fact that it was the home of the Duke of Wellington, but it was originally built by Robert.....

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace (113 Pictures)

(0.3 miles, 0.5 km)

Buckingham Palace is the first home and office of the Royal family in England, and has been the home to British sovereigns since.....

Outside Buckingham Palace

Queen Victoria Memorial (18 Pictures)

(0.4 miles, 0.7 km)

The grand memorial statue to a great Queen and Empress standing almost at the doorway of Buckingham Palace, is best appreciated.....

Stables at The Royal Mews, London

The Royal Mews (9 Pictures)

(0.5 miles, 0.7 km)

The Royal Stables at the side of Buckingham Palace, London. Established by George III in 1762 and Redesigned by John Nash in 1825.....

St. James's Park, London

St James's Palace (28 Pictures)

(0.6 miles, 0.9 km)

The origins of St.James's Palace lie deeply rooted in the reign of King Henry VIII, it was the King who started the building of.....


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