Duke of Wellington Glasgow

Image by Gill Davies

Duke of Wellington – Conehead

One of the best-loved landmarks in Glasgow is the statue of the Duke of Wellington on his gee-gee outside the Gallery of Modern Art. He was the guy who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. He was a Tory Prime Minister – twice – and Commander-in-Chief of the British Army. And how do the good people of Glasgow recognise his achievements? They stick a traffic cone on his head.

In 2013, the Council claimed it cost them 10 grand to remove the cone 100 times a year, but I don’t know what they’re on about as I’ve never seen the statue without the cone – sometimes even the horse has one on each ear.

They said it created a ‘depressing image’ of the city and they wanted to raise the plinth to make it harder for people to climb up. But that idea was nipped in the bud when a┬ásocial media campaign showed the extent of public support for keeping the┬ácone.

After you have your selfie or whatever with the Duke, check out the Gallery of Modern Art. It’s well worth a visit.

And if you want to know how the cone gets on his head, watch this video:

The Duke and His Horse

Want to support us? Get our Glasgow iPhone / Android app!

Details about this spot



Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow

Opening Times

24 hours daily



Check on Facebook

Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)