Wellington Monument appeal

As a conservation charity, we're dedicated to looking after what we've got. The National Trust began caring for Wellington Monument in 1934. Since that time it has needed careful renovation every 10 to 15 years, an expensive and unsustainable process given its height. To perform a full repair, returning the monument to the stature that was originally intended, and making this special place a more enjoyable place to visit we have a lot of work to do. We need your help.

Abseilers surveying Wellington Monument
" The monument is deteriorating. Our intention is to start work on the most damaged parts and repair the top third as well as correct the bulging north face and continue to work down while we fundraise. If we can raise enough money, the repairs will reach ground level and we will be able to safely reopen the monument to visitors once more."
- Helen Sharp
  • To reach the top of the monument, it's a total of 232 steps. They're left un-climbed if the monument remains inaccessible
  • We care for 22 acres of nature-rich woodland around the monument
  • Around 5 million people who pass the monument on the M5 says it’s important to them
  • It will cost around £3.8 million to repair Wellington Monument from top to bottom

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Wellington Monument through the trees in the Blackdowns, Somerset

The ups and downs of Wellington Monument

The rocky history of the Wellington Monument, the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world.

Backs of legs of small children walking in wellington boots

What can you get up to at Wellington Monument? 

With extensive views across the Blackdown Hills, Taunton Vale and out to Exmoor, you can walk a bracing trail or watch the flora and fauna change with the seasons.

Community actors celebrate Wellington Monument

Community gathers to celebrate 200 years of Wellington Monument

Wellington Monument celebrates its bicentenary

Why give to the National Trust?

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the outdoor spaces in our care. Not only do our supporters help to conserve beautiful landscapes and protect precious plants and wildlife. But they also ensure that future generations have places they can find freedom from everyday life, reconnect with the natural world and make memories to treasure. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work in the outdoors at this special place. With your support, we can continue to protect the irreplaceable. For ever, for everyone.

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