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.
 
Walking
 
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 AONB, more details can be found here.
 
Wildlife
 
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.
 
On your visit discover 
 
The views of the Blackdowns and across to the Quantocks and Exmoor, which will soon be enhanced with an accessible viewing paltform. Opening spring/summer 2020.

The building work commencing to help repair the monument.

The common spotted orchid on the grassland, flowering in early summer.

The autumn colours of the beech hedgerows.

A deep crack in the stonework of the Wellington Monument, Somerset

Wellington Monument appeal 

We began caring for Wellington Monument in 1934. Since that time it has needed careful renovation every 10 to 15 years. To perform a full repair, we have a lot of work to do. We need your help.