Wallace Collection
Wallace Collection
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A free to visit, national museum in the heart of central London. Originally a private collection, the artwork was bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace in 1897. This attraction features one of the world's best collections of French 18th-century pictures, porcelain and furniture, plus a fantastic array of 17th-century paintings.
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Neighbourhood: Marylebone
Marylebone offers what so many London neighbourhoods cannot: a village feel coupled with urban convenience. Much of its success rests in its location. Wedged between the northeastern corner of Hyde Park and the southern end of Regent's Park and with a number of Tube stations within easy reach, Marylebone is as pedestrian friendly as Central London gets. The bustling shopping mecca of Oxford Street separates it from Soho and Mayfair, exclusive Regent Street marks its border with Fitzrovia, and cosmopolitan Edgware Road serves as its western edge. Within this enviably situated quarter are an array of outstanding restaurants (from Michelin darlings to down and dirty cheeseburgers), an impressive assortment of independently owned shops, and some of the city's quietest and most pleasant nooks, crannies and cobbled lanes.
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  • Bond St • 5 min walk
  • Marble Arch • 7 min walk
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  • Camper63224662243
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fur friends take center stage at the Wallace Collection
    We visited the Wallace Collection specifically for the Portait of a Dog collection. It was wonderfully curated and the price of a ticket included the audio headset. Timed tickets allowed for plenty of room in the space to really enjoy all the pieces. Leave time to visit the rest of the space which has other beautiful art.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Ted S
    San Rafael, California109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like arms and armor you cannot miss this.
    The art collection is lovely, the house is magnificent. However the real reason to come here is not to see the Fragonard swing painting, but to see the most astounding collection of early to late medieval arms and armor collection perhaps anywhere. As someone who has spent many an hour in the hall of armor at the Met in NYC, I was absolutely stunned by the depth and breadth of the collection. One big caveat though is that the collection is so large and densely packed that each item is tagged only with a number. Each number corresponds to an entry in a book stored on a stand in each room wherein there is a scholarly discussion of the item. I don’t know if they have digitized the collection guide but it would truly add to the experience. Even just looking up entries though was still very informative.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Lottie W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out, needs better signage.
    It's a gem of a museum but it does sometimes feel like there is too much on display. It can get very overwhelming and it's easy to miss a lot of paintings. Some paintings need to be moved to a more suitable location for their popularity (looking at you Madame de Pompadour) and there need to be better labels and cards detailing what you are looking at. The app they suggest you download is incredibly temperamental and doesn't even list some of the stuff in each room meaning you are left wondering what they are about. I also think there need to be signs within the building itself about photography and filming. I was told off by a member of staff for filming, despite their being no signs around saying film was prohibited (I was also told to delete the footage). After searching their website, I have found a document that says filming is restricted, but no where within the house itself does it say this. Overall, it was a lovely day there. There just needs to be clearer signage about where specific paintings are and what can and cannot be photographed and recorded.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Anna H
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you can understand the extraordinary bond between a dog and their owner even vaguely you will enjoy this.
    The portraits of dogs exhibition is well curated and highly interesting. Very absorbing. Divided into several sections which each have their own interest. Several pieces on loan from Chatsworth House, Newstead Abbey, and the King himself. Artists including Landseer, Stubs and Gainsborough are featured and models by Fabergé. Includes paintings, etchings, photographs, taxidermy, sculpture and video. Audioguide helpful but not absolutely necessary . One of Queen Victoria's dogs is displayed in the wrong frame but it's easy to work this out.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • AfricaTwin
    East Sussex, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World Class Gallery (with great cafe)
    One of London's hidden gems. Some of the best classical art housed in a stunning building. Free entry and great cafe. Allow three hours for a full experience - perfect in every way!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 July 2023
  • cpw1952
    Dundas, Canada105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the finest private art collections in the world!
    Until today, I would have called the Frick collection in Manhattan, the greatest private art collection I had ever had the pleasure to experience. But the Wallace Collection, frankly, puts it to shame. The artwork, the porcelain, the sculptures, and the furnishings were, in a word, spectacular, and the opulence of the rooms was nothing short of breathtaking.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 July 2023
  • John W
    Douglas, United Kingdom2,253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy chair access. Poor curating.
    Easy access. Lift to all floors. Amazing displays. Something compelling about the collecting obsession of 3. Generations of an aristocratic family for their private London residence. How’re the curation falls down with poorly placed ( or non existent ) exhibit descriptions and the exhibition cases are a poor height for those of us who use chairs and wheels. Some of the best accessible public loos in London and all the cubicles are bi gender. Well done. Court yard cafe and seating nice. Good tea. Soggy cakes.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 August 2023
  • DesmondJH
    83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So many things to see
    I had never been to the Wallace in past London trips but made it a point this time. I had recently read a book on Richard Parkes Bonington and many of the pictures were from the Wallace. The place fairly overflows with paintings. They are hung in the old fashioned "salon" style with many far too high to see properly. There are many paintings that are just so-so. But there is also a tremendous amount of quality there: Titian, Rembrandt, Watteau, Fragonard, de Hooch and all the Dutch Golden Age painters. Rubens, Van Dyke, Reynolds: on and on until about 1850, but no further. If Impressionism or Modern Art is your thing, this is not your place. But if you love great "Old Masters" paintings you will be amazed by the quantity, and in some examples (like the Boningtons) the quality. Mixed oil with the paintings are a cornucopia of other objets d'art: medieval manuscript pages, medals, sculpture, Iznik plates, marvelous Limoges enamels, furniture and everything you can imagine that will fit in a cabinet. I'm not a specialist in Arms and Armor, but surely this collection is among the best in the world. Four rooms stocked with guns, knives, swords, halberds and suits of armor that would take weeks to go through in detail. Very knowledgeable staffers in the rooms and a fabulous-looking restaurant area in the naturally lit courtyard. All free of charge if you don't choose to donate. An unexpected treat and I loved it!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Paul H
    Surrey, United Kingdom54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of rococo, but other things beside
    This is a large art collection in a London townhouse. It's a bit of a deceptive start as the ground floor has a number of smaller residential rooms, but when you get to the upper floor you find there are large gallery spaces. The collection seems to focus on the rococo, which isn't my favourite to be honest, but if you like upper class flesh then this is for you. It's not all that, there are a lot of other works that are very worth seeing. There's a bit of a museum of armour and things alongside the art, which I wasn't too interested in to be honest, but overall I'd thoroughly recommend a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Antonia
    United States24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    See extravagant artwork for free!
    The Wallace Collections has an outstanding selection of artwork and armor on display for being free. The audio guide added interesting context and revealed how notable some pieces and artists were at the time. My one critique is that I wish there was more information on Sir Richard Wallace and how the artwork was selected by his family. The artwork was beautiful, but I wished to learn more about the context of the collection itself.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 September 2023
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Noah P.
Kent, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Came to visit the café and was not disappointed. It is here where I discovered how large a croissant could be- I never expected to be full from having one (I strongly recommend having the almond croissant!). The English Breakfast tea is also amazing- far better than the nearby M&S café! In an area with such hard water, I was impressed to see tea which had no chalk limescale whatsoever, and thus was pleasant to drink. The size of the cups give the Sports Direct mugs a run for their money- it is huge! You also get a second cup out of the teacup, therefore meaning lots and lots of tea! The seats are soft, comfortable and relaxing - especially when you suffer from a back condition! (The sofas are especially pleasant).

The staff were quick to attend and take us to a table, and yet again were quick to take and give our order. They regularly checked in and ensured we were okay and were all friendly.

The architecture of the cafe is splendid, with lots of natural light let in (while maintaining the beauty of the main building) and overall adds to the charm of the place.

The only issue I had was with the toilets - while clean, the combined sink/hand dryer unit was a bit of a nightmare to use!

I look forward to returning.
Written 11 May 2024
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TripNL
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Mansion on its own, with the varied rooms, is spectacular. The varied Collection was astounding! Q code is available to take you through the Collection … regrettably my phone was on the fritz. But others I saw were immersed in the guide provided. Rembrandts and Van Dykes, military armour and weapons, and items from all over Europe, all set in wonderful and luxurious rooms. Staff are very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.
Written 10 May 2024
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knowsnyc
476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We have enjoyed this free museum previously. Today we simply visited for lunch. Very relaxing. Also available for teatime. Value for the quality.
Written 3 May 2024
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Mark R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We've been to London 5 times now (from the US) and each visit, we focus our attention on something different, i.e. art, history, theater. In this holiday, we visited great houses. When adding the Wallace Collection to our itinerary, we honestly believed it would be 5 or 6 rooms with a few famous pieces of art. Boy, did we underestimate! I would encourage anyone coming to London with an eye toward seeing a grand house with hundreds of paintings, sculptures, antiquarian armor/weaponry, and Louis XVII style furnishings that this place is a must! And the staff was as welcoming and happy to discuss any of the works by Boucher, Fragonard, Murillo, Rembrandt, Reynolds, Gainsborough, and any number of other old masters excellently curated and displayed there. This house is one of the best kept secrets in London and now you know about it!
Written 3 May 2024
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James C
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The Wallace is always worth a visit. The current exhibition Ranjit Singh is a must. Informative, educational and inspirational.
Written 17 April 2024
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Barbara B
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Very poor arrangement of pictures - far too many grouped together to be appreciated properly.
Dreadful, really slow service in the restaurant, and they had the cheek to add a service charge!
No longer separate women’s and men’s toilets, very intimidating for lone women, and a century of fighting for womens rights and safe spaces obliterated by misogynistic management.
Written 15 April 2024
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Lin
London, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Nestled discreetly amidst the labyrinthine streets of Marylebone, the Wallace Collection stands as a testament and hallowed sanctuary to refined elegance and cultural enrichment. From the outset, the museum cultivated an ambience steeped in historical grandeur, through its imposing façade and its palatial environs that painted a bygone epoch characterised by aristocratic extravagance and refined sensibilities. The collection itself is a breathtaking embodiment of artistic eclecticism, spanning the resplendent canvases of the baroque and rococo art as well as the intricately crafted armour displays of medieval-era knights. Each gallery exuded a palpable aura of reverence for the aesthetic sublime that contributed to the museum's presentation of an odyssey through the annals of human creativity. An underrated cultural mecca.
Written 8 April 2024
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Michelle S
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This collection is impressive! It was perfect as my family like the armor collection and the art was one of a kind. We had not went to any art museums in London so this was perfect. Unbelievably this is free! It was quite relaxing and not crowded unlike bigger museums. It want a blend of art and armor this is perfect if you have 1-2 hours. There is also a nice court for food or afternoon tea.
Written 7 April 2024
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SJC94
Ashford, UK204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
If you done like the crowds of the large galleries or only have a short time, this is the place for you.
Nestled behind Oxford Street this gallery offers two floors of art by well known Georgian artists and early artists from Europe.
There is also a lot of vases, armour and some furniture. The venue is free to enter.
If you have mobility problems you may have trouble accessing all the galleries.
Unisex toilets in the basement could be better maintained/ cleaned.
Written 5 April 2024
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Rose
Aberdeen, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
What a beautiful place! Stunning art work in a beautiful setting. I visited on a Wednesday morning and it was fairly quiet and felt like I could take my time to enjoy. I'm glad I paid it a visit and hope to return one day. Would definitely recommend and it's a bonus that admission is free!
Written 29 March 2024
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