Things to see and do at the monument

The morning mist on the avenue at Wellington Monument

You can learn about the history of our monument, go on one of our great walks or simply enjoy all the wildlife our little corner of Somerset has to offer.

Monumental history
The Wellington Monument is the tallest three-sided 'obelisk' in the world. A swinging stone at its pinnacle allows you to see it move with the wind. Since a memorial to the Duke of Wellington was first proposed in 1815, nothing has quite gone to plan.
Discover more about its somewhat shambolic history and current repair plans below.
A one-mile meander through trees and grassland is a great way to explore the immediate area. See this circular stroll below.
There are a wealth of other walks on the surrounding Blackdown Hills, more details can be found here.
Veteran oaks, beech and sweet chestnut trees provide ideal bird nesting sites and bat roosts.
Tree creepers, nuthatches and great spotted woodpeckers can often be seen or heard.
The grassland is rich in plant life and provides a valuable food source for dragonflies and butterflies such as the common blue.
Must see
  • The views of the Blackdowns and across to the Quantocks and also Exmoor
  • The cannon donated by the Wellington Rotary Club
  • The scarab design over the monument door
  • The common spotted orchid on the grassland, flowering in early summer
  • The autumn colours of the beech hedgerows