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Duke of Wellington Statue

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Address: 94 Queen Street, Glasgow G1 3AQ, Scotland
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An iron statue of the Duke of Wellington.

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You can't beat the Glasgow humour!

Where else could you find a statue with a traffic cone on its head? I think the authorities have given up trying to remove it, as it just returns, and why not? It's not like the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Alastair N
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Where else could you find a statue with a traffic cone on its head? I think the authorities have given up trying to remove it, as it just returns, and why not? It's not like the Duke of Wellington is all that important to Glasgow, why shouldn't they take the mickey? Situated right outside the Museum of Modern Art, it's... More 

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Colorado Springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They even sell shirts with this image--but it's a nice historic statue that got caught up in hijinx at some point--and now it sits in front of the Gallery of Modern Art---with an orange traffic cone on its head. Within walking distance of the Queen Street station and George Square. Kind of funny...

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The lightheartedness of the city is expressed as some imp puts the cone on the Duke's head each week.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We actually noticed the statue while walking around, mainly cause of the traffic cone on its head. It was only later that we found out the story behind it. Walking distance from George Square and the station, definitely worth a photo-stop.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a Glaswegian I love this statue. Don't try and interpret it as anything other than what it is. One night a (probably drunk) passerby climbed up and stuck a cone on its head. All attempts to remove it have since been resisted. To the point that it is discussed on TripAdvisor and other guides. (if it were just the... More 

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Thank StuPatters0n
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This renowned statue in front of an art galley is defaced by yobs adding a road cone it's head! This could be construed as "Glesca" humour or just stupidity - your choice. The local council don't seem to care, which is not surprising when you see the filth and litter elsewhere in the city centre.

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Pineville, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not sure why he wears the traffic cone, but it's sight to see. The statue is not in a large square but it really stands out. Not far from George Square.

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Markham, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You just have to view this and try and understand why a very old statue of a Duke has a traffic cone on it's head. This is Glasgow humour at it's best. If you don't get it then go to Edinburgh and be very serious. It has become a tourist attraction. Where else would a traffic cone become a tourist... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely worth a visit if in Glasgow for a short space of time. His cone is looking a little weathered & need of a little tlc though. A little disappointed that there is no plaque or information board to explain the story of the statue or indeed the traffic cone!

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Devon, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not much more exciting than that! So some drunks put a cone on it back in the 80's and it's been an 'attraction' since then...... really?

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