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Wellington Arch in London

I am going to be in London and will be visting the Aspley House. Their website said they have a combo ticket to go to both the Aspley House and Wellington Arch. I don't know anything about visiting the Wellington Arch. Do you go to the top of the Wellington Arch and if so how many steps does it have? And does it have an elevator? Do you go to see the view? The website said that the Wellington Arch is right across the street from the Aspley House. It looks like a good idea to do both since I will be there already vsiting the Aspley House.

Any clarification and information would be most appreciated.

Posted by
1261 posts

Hi Ann -

We did this a couple of years back when on a short break to London. We climbed the Arch and I only recall steps (no lift - not sure they could put one in even if they wanted to). It’s not a huge climb though, so unless you are very mobility impaired it’s worth a trip to the top if only to get an elevated view of the traffic hurtling round it!

And you are correct - it is literally just across the road from Apsley House (once “No.1, London”!). An interesting but not essential visit, I reckon it’s worth the effort if you can do it, if only in the ‘bet you haven’t done this’ stakes!

Have a great trip!


Posted by
660 posts

I was there fairly recently and i didn’t use it, but i’m almost certain they had a lift, but there are stairs from the top floor to the outside bit. Not loads though. I second Ian’s reply.

Posted by
32277 posts

According to the website for the Arch,

Stairs -The spiral staircase consists of 65 steps. A lift is available
if required.

Lift Access - There is a lift from the ground floor leading to all
other floors which is large enough to accommodate a mobility scooter.
There is also a disabled access lift leading from the third floor to
the viewing balconies. This can accommodate a mobility scooter.

Despite having been past it hundreds or more times I have never wanted to go up it. Top of a double decker is fine for me.

Please write after your trip and paint a word picture to entice others of us to visit.