Wallace Collection

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Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone W1U 3BN
0207 563 9500

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
10 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sun)
Visiting hours are subject to change
Ticket cost:
Adults free entry
Time required:
A typical visit to Wallace Collection lasts 1½-2 hours (approx)

Getting to Wallace Collection

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The Wallace Collection is No.4 in our list of London’s best art galleries, and No.10 in our Top 10 list of museums.

The Wallace Collection is one of London’s hidden gems, found in Hertford House at Manchester Square.

It was bought by the Marques of Hertford in 1797 and built up by four successive generations of his family, who then left the entire collection to the nation.

Paintings in the collection

The art collection contains around 70 different paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian and Murillo. There are also works by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Delacroix.

The best-known pieces are Velázquez’s Lady With a Fan, Thomas Lawrence’s King George IV, and Frans Hals’ The Laughing Cavalier.

The eclectic collection also contains a fine display of armour, French furnishings from the Revolutionary period, and fittings originally made for the Palace of Versailles. There are also hundreds of ceramics and pieces of porcelain.

  • SarahCroft – “National gallery, tick. Tate britain, tick. Tate modern, tick. So where to go next? After perusing a guidebook for a while I Decided on the wallace collection, and boy was I glad that I did. This gallery is absolutely fantastic just for the interior alone. The rooms are truly lovely and knock the socks of all the other galleries I have been too. And I was surprised to find so many paintings by the masters like titan, rembrandt, rubens, canaletto, van dyck.. I could go on. And the best thing of all is that it is only five minutes from the shops in oxford street. .”

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> Craig’s review of Wallace Collection – “The Wallace Collection came as a total surprise to me because I didn't realise how beautiful it was. The first two rooms I went in reminded me of Buckingham Palace. The walls are all velvet reds and warm golds and full of huge oil portraits ten feet across. The antique furniture is full of black statues and gilded porcelain and golden trophy plates. They've got urns a… continued”

If you enjoy this then try: Courtauld Gallery (catch the tube from Bond Street to Courtauld Gallery); National Gallery (walk it in 26 mins or catch a train from Bond Street to National Gallery); Queen’s Gallery (walk it in 28 mins or catch a train from Bond Street to Queen’s Gallery); Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 18 mins or catch a train from Bond Street to Royal Academy of Arts) and Victoria & Albert Museum (catch the tube from Bond Street to Victoria & Albert Museum).

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