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Apsley House
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Private Tour: London Walking Tour of Apsley House and the Victoria and Albert...
Ranked #113 of 1,765 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Apsley House is internationally famous as the home of the 1st Duke of Wellington and his descendants. As such it is also a memorial to Britain’s triumph over the Napoleonic threat. It is also significant as a restored historic house, a celebration of Regency style, a museum commemorating the 1st Duke and the home of an outstanding collection of decorative and fine art. Perhaps the most important aspect of the interiors at Apsley House is the magnificent collection of fine and decorative arts, formerly part of the collections of the 1st Duke of Wellington. Over 3,000 fine paintings, sculptures, and works or art fashioned in silver, porcelain, porphyry, batons, swords and orders, given to Britain’s greatest military hero by grateful emperors, tsars and kings, are on display. Most notable are: Sculptures by Canova, including the statue of Napoleon originally commissioned from the Italian sculptor by Napoleon himself & paintings acquired by the 1st Duke from the Spanish royal collection.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

A mice place to look around found. It very interesting with lots of lovely rooms with fabulous pictures on the walls

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

The exhibition at Apsley House was particulary intersting because of the connection between Wellington and Napoleon. The collection included portraits of Napoleon and Josephine, and napolean's brother, Joseph. A large statue of Napoleon was also exhibited with Napoleon's critcal comment.
The public area in which the collection is housed (the family have retained part of the house) showed the rooms as they would have been although they are currently used for a different purpose. The location is also of interest, demonstrating how the city has grown around a substantial former home.
The collection of paintings and artifacts was impressive and Apsley house is wel l worth a visit.

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Reviewed December 7, 2012

I'm a museum junkie and thoroughly enjoyed my 2-hour visit. This is not a free museum, but the the fee is reasonable. The elevator did not appear to be "in service" so if stairs are a challenge, you might be disappointed. However, this is not a large museum and most people didn't seem concerned about an elevator. Many interesting artifacts, documents, gifts, art, china, etc. I especially appreciated seeing the banquet/dining room and the cartoons in the small presentation in the basement. I can't picture children enjoying Apsley House since there was nothing interactive/hands on.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Centrally located to Hyde Park Corner tube. Interesting and informative, reasonable entrance fee. Insight into the man who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We really liked everything about this home--the honors and gifts given the Duke of Wellington, the Napoleon articles, the amazing silver, the great decorations. Not a huge place, so doesn't take all day. Our visit was 90 minutes.

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