Wellington Monument - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
Things to know
About Wellington Monument
Wellington Monument was begun in 1817 to celebrate the Duke of Wellington, the victor of Waterloo. The Monument is famous as the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world, reaching 174 feet. An ambitious construction, it commemorates a modern yet classical hero. The story of its origins and shambolic construction repeats itself in its conservation and repair story up to the present day.
Attractions Near Wellington Monument
Cothay Manor & Gardens (Medieval Manor House & Gardens)
6.62km from Wellington Monument
A beautiful medeival house surrounded by 12 acres of gardens. Different garden rooms are arranged along a yew walk. There is also a bog garden, cottage garden and a river walk. The manor is Grade I listed on the National Heritage List for England, and its gate piers and wall to the north entrance of the house are listed Grade II.
Grand Western Canal
11.02km from Wellington Monument
Once used largely for the carriage of limestone, the canal is now a tranquil recreational waterway for walking, cycling, boating and fishing. An additional purpose of the canal was the supply of limestone and coal to lime kilns along with the removal of the resulting quicklime, which was used as a fertilizer and for building houses.
Vivary Park Fountain
11.31km from Wellington Monument
A richly detailed composition set in the middle of Vivary Park. Large circular basin with central fountain erected in memory of Queen Victoria and completed 1907. The large building in the background is Jellalabad Barracks, once a depot for Somerset Light Infantry but now residential apartments.
11.33km from Wellington Monument
Vivary Park is Taunton’s premium park, located just minutes away from the town centre. At 7.5 hectares, Vivary Park is the perfect place to go for a picnic, a stroll or to spend the day. The public park came about because it’s so close to the centre of the town. The land had been used as for public events since at least 1851 when the first Taunton Flower Show was held there.
Museum of Somerset
11.52km from Wellington Monument
The Museum of Somerset lies within the 12th century Taunton Castle and tells the county’s fascinating story from prehistoric times to the present day, using real objects, interactive games, eye-catching film projections and the words and voices of Somerset people, past and present. Exhibits include the Frome Hoard, the Low Ham Roman Mosaic, the bronze-age South Cadbury shield and a range of other objects relating to the history of the county.
13.09km from Wellington Monument
Diggerland's campsite in Devon is the perfect location for families to build special and unforgettable memories. Set in the stunning grounds of Verbeer Manor. Surrounded by the beautiful, picturesque Devonshire countryside and within an easy 30 miles drive or cycle of two renowned English National Parks.
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Somerset covers a vast area of land in the south-west of England, from the rolling Blackdown Hills on the Somerset-Devon border, to the Mendips and Quantocks south of Bristol, and finishing in the west with the Exmoor National Park. To the north is Bath and North-East Somerset, which although administered separately, nonetheless feel like part and parcel of this English county.
Location of Wellington Monument
For more information about Wellington Monument, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington_Monument,_Somerset