Metcalfe House

Location: Located to the left of the main Dr. K B Hegdewar Marg Road, below the Ridge. It can also be approached from Mahatma Gandhi Road.

Famous for: Being the house of Sir Thomas Metcalfe, Governor-General's agent at the Imperial court of the Mughal Emperor and later Commissioner of Delhi

Admission: closed to the public

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located near Kashmiri Gate, Inter State Bus Terminal, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail.

Photography charges: nil (from outside)

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Functional Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing:About 20 minutes


Located to the left of the main Dr. K B Hegdewar Marg Road, and below the Ridge, Metcalfe House was constructed around 1835 by Sir Thomas Metcalfe. He was the Governor-General's agent at the Imperial court of the Mughal Emperor and then Commissioner of Delhi from 1835 to 1853. Built in a typical early Indo-European style, the house and its grounds are spread over an area of thousand acres. During Metcalfe's lifetime, the house was the center of all European social life as one can find the house mentioned in many contemporary writings as a venue of several parties and social gatherings.

Apart from being popular for its large well-designed beautiful rooms, the unique attraction of the house was its special room, which was entirely devoted to Napoleon and contained his memorabilia. Sir Thomas Metcalfe died in mysterious circumstances in 1853. He was probably poisoned on the orders of Zeenat Mahal, the young wife of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah. Sir Theophilus Metcalfe, the son and successor of senior Metcalfe then occupied the house and maintained its glory, till the house was destroyed to a great extent during the war of 1857.

He sold the house at a later date and after being the prized possession of several owners, the house finally became the property of the Government of India. At present the house is the Center of Defence Services Documentation and is closed to the public. However the house can be viewed from the main road and is still an impressive sight.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Kashmiri Gate, Dara Shikoh Library, St James Church, Lothian Cemetery, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Salimgarh Fort and Rajghat.

Nearby Places to Eat

Karims Hotel, Ghantewala sweet shop, food stalls near Jama Masjid, Paranthewali Gali, Natraj hotel, Chor Bizarre at Broadway Hotel, Daryaganj's Flora, Peshwari, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Worker's canteen of Inter-State Bus terminal and many roadside food stalls for adventurous eaters.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver and glass bead jewellery) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods), Daryaganj book market (on Sunday) and Chatta Chowk in Red Fort (traditional and contemporary jewelry and handicrafts)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01

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