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Wallace Collection Tours

Wallace Collection
Amassed by the Hertford-Wallace family throughout the 19th century, the collection was given to the nation by the widow Lady Wallace in 1897 and opened to the public in 1900. The notable works, displayed in a traditional aristocratic townhouse, include French 18th-century painting, furniture, and porcelain, as well as important pieces by Rembrandt, Hals, and Velázquez. 

The Basics
This often-overlooked collection offers visitors unique insight into European art and social history with more than 5,000 display pieces lining the stately rooms, including paintings, ceramics, furniture, and sculptures. Select tours offer a visit as part of a private London itinerary, allowing for a fully personalized experience, while the museum itself offers private group tours, out-of-hours visits, and family activity maps, as well as a free highlights tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Wallace Collection is free to enter.
  • With one of the best ancien régime collections outside of France, as well as works by the old masters, the museum is a must-see for art enthusiasts and those interested in European history.
  • The museum is wheelchair-accessible, with ramp access, a lift between floors, and accessible toilets.

How to Get There
The Wallace Collection is a 10-minute walk from Bond Street, served by the Central and Jubilee lines. Marylebone is the nearest mainline station, about a 20-minute walk away, or a short bus ride (No. 139, 13, 113, 189, or 174) straight down Gloucester Place. Driving in London is not recommended, although there is limited parking available in Manchester Square for disabled visitors.

When to Get There
The collection is open daily, and its on-site restaurant, Peyton and Byrne, offers dining in a glass-covered courtyard from breakfast through afternoon tea daily, and for dinner Friday and Saturday.

Links to British Aristocracy
When the widow of Sir Richard Wallace gifted the collection in 1897, it was an end to a long family legacy of collecting. The Wallace Collection was amassed by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of Richard Seymour-Conway, the fourth Marquess. The Seymour family are well-known in British history; Jane Seymour, Queen of England from 1536 to 1537, was the third wife of Henry VIII and a distant Wallace relative.
Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN, England
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Guided Tour of The Wallace Collection

Private Guided Tour of The Wallace Collection

We provide bespoke, friendly and informative guided visits to suit all clients, ensuring that your tour will be as entertaining as it is informative. We enjoy sharing our experience of the collections and our knowledge of the works of art, bringing to life the history and the highlights of the museum, making your visit very special and memorable. Because the tour will be your private party, you will be free to ask any questions and make requests regarding the direction of the tour.
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  • 3 hours
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London Museum Highlights

London Museum Highlights

Get the most out of your experience in London's world-class museums by booking a private guide to lead you through. You and your private party will enjoy personalized attention and the ability to focus on the types of art that interest you. Since your guide has a degree in art history, you'll be treated to educated commentary on all the art and artifacts.
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  • 1 hour
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Art in London Tour

Art in London Tour

Get a unique perspective of London on an art-focused tour that covers some of the capital’s major artistic institutions. You’ll benefit from the unique perspective of a London-raised professional artist as you explore the city’s galleries and museums in a quintessential black cab. Plus, all admission tickets are included.
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  • 6 hours
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Step into the story: The Sherlock Holmes audio tour where YOU solve the case

Step into the story: The Sherlock Holmes audio tour where YOU solve the case

An exciting Sherlock Holmes audio tour game where you step into the story and become the detective! Join Dr John Watson on a walking tour through the Marylebone area of London. He will tell you the classic Sherlock story “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”, as well as guide you to the spots where the action takes place. You will experience Sherlock’s Victorian London, as you assist in cracking the case of the missing blue jewel! * This audio tour is self-guided via a GPS-based app downloaded to your smartphone. * There will be clues and interactions hidden in your surroundings – features that are triggered and show up on your mobile screen when you get close to them. * Through sound, images, and intriguing puzzles you will be challenged to use the art of deduction in your quest to become a detective. * This walking tour is perfect for anyone who wants to go sightseeing in London in a fun and flexible manner, as well as for audio book- and puzzle game fans!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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London Art Museums Private Day Tour with Wallace Collection

London Art Museums Private Day Tour with Wallace Collection

With almost 400 places of interest for art lovers to visit in London, it is impossible to visit them all in one day. There is The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern and Victoria & Albert Museum to name but a few. Those museums are offered in our “Special Interest” tour section separately. This tour aims to visit other, equally important art museums in the city. In the morning you will visit The Wallace Collection. After a traditional English lunch, you will be taken to one of the art museums of your choice such as Royal Academy of Arts, Queen’s House, The Courtauld Gallery, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Guildhall Art Gallery, Jewish Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Somerset House, Leighton House Museum and Art Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Banqueting House, Kenwood House, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Bankside Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Barbican Gallery, UCL Art Museum and many more upon your request.
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  • 8 hours
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