Things to see and do
Welcome to Wellington Arch
We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.
Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.
- Balconies and Exhibition - The balconies and exhibition will be open with one way systems in place.
- Shop - The shop will be open with a one-way system in place.
- Face masks - From 24 July you need to remember to bring and wear a face covering if you want to buy anything from the gift shop at Wellington Arch. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please do come prepared so you don’t miss out. Face coverings are not mandatory elsewhere on your visit, but we do encourage our visitors to wear them in other enclosed spaces.
Battle of Waterloo Anniversary
Hugely over-confident on the morning of the battle, Napoleon declared that the French could not fail to take the day. The rest, as they say, is history.
2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Visit the third and fourth floors to learn more about the day when Wellington met and defeated Napoleon in the new exhibition.
Peek into the Queen's back gardens from the balconies of Wellington Arch. Look out over London's Royal Parks to the Houses of Parliament.
If you get your timings right, you can watch the Household Cavalry passing through the arch on their way to and from the Changing of the Guard. Stopping the traffic on their way as they ride on horseback beneath you - it is an unforgettable sight.
Did you know that Wellington Arch hasn't always been opposite the entrance to Hyde Park? How did they move such a huge monument? Has the bronze statue always been of the Angel of Peace riding in a horse-drawn chariot?
Browse and Buy
Our fascinating shop sells a wide range of specialist historical books, on the Battle of Waterloo as well as other topics.
Plan your visit to Wellington Arch today.