Wellington has a wealth of local attractions for visitors and locals alike and is easy to get to. From Walking Festivals and Summer Fayres to our Charter Day and Arts Festival; a National Trust property and community-run nature reserves, Wellington has it all and, of course, Wellington is home to the mighty Wrekin – ‘the spiritual heart’ of Shropshire.
The Wrekin plays an important role in Shropshire folklore and is part of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and within walking distance of the town centre.
Visitors, pilgrims, residents and honoured guests – we give you the Shropshire toast: ‘All friends round the Wrekin’.
The views from this ancient hilltop are amongst some of the most breath taking in the region and well worth the climb up the well maintained and clearly waymarked track to the top. Capping the summit of one of Shropshire’s iconic hills is a 20-acre Iron Age hillfort once home to the Cornovii tribe. This ancient stronghold, built around 400BC, crowns the summit of The Wrekin.
On a clear day, you can see 17 counties from the Wrekin’s 407m (1,335ft) summit as well as the Malvern Hills some 40 miles away and to the west, the Welsh Mountains. The Wrekin boasts one of the world’s oldest land surface – you can tread on volcanic rock millions of years older than Mount Everest.
A welcome break on the climb is the charming Halfway House on the Wrekin – with its newly renovated pavilion, refreshments stall and bird feeding stations.
Tucked away on the edge of Wellington is this rare suburban villa and mini-estate. Walk up the large avenue of Wellingtonia trees and this red-brick villa is unexpectedly revealed offering a chance to immerse yourself in an Edwardian era.
This time capsule, which is furnished with original wallpapers, Maw’s tiles and gold medal winning fireplaces, transports you back to the pre-First World War ‘country house’ lifestyle. Packed full with everyday items belonging to the families who lived here, you can feel the familiarity and comfort of this home as well as the features of a grander house, such as the Billiard Room, Drawing Room and impressive Staircase Hall.
The 5 acres of garden is complete with glass houses, conservatory, kennels, pigsties and stables and is perfect for a wander or a game of croquet. An Edwardian tea-room serves refreshments.
Dothill Nature Reserve
This haven for wildlife is a large area of green open space.
The local nature reserve comprises of three main areas: Dothill Pool, Tee Lake and Beanhill Valley. Although it is surrounded by residential areas and main roads, the Reserve is the tranquil home to a diverse range of habitats and species over a fairly gentle terrain. There are lakes, streams, woods and open meadows. It is small enough to explore within a few hours, yet large enough to be a peaceful retreat from everyday life.
There are various walks around the Reserve, including the 50 Tree Trail and the shorter, circular route the Three Bridge Way.
Apley Woods has a wide range of habitats within the 56 acre site and is home to many species. There is a large population of grey squirrels as well as rabbits, badgers and the occasional fox. Moles are also common and you may witness the fruits of their digging as you explore the site.
There are a number of walks within the woodland for you enjoy including a 20 minute walk that is suitable for wheelchairs, scooters and buggies and a 40 minute walk which takes you across the meadows. Look out for the interpretation boards located at the woodland entry points to learn more about the environment and choose your best route.
The Orbit Cinema
The Wellington Orbit, which opened in April 2019 is a brand new cinema and arts centre in the heart of Wellington. It shows a mixture of old time classics as well as the latest blockbuster hits. The cinema can also be hired out for groups and parties.
A short walk to the west of the town centre, the Bowring Park is a peaceful green space with a children’s play area, tennis courts, bowling greens, table tennis tables, toilets, free parking and a thriving café. A large grassed area is used for football matches in the winter and cricket in the summer as well as for informal games and recreation all year. The beautifully maintained flower beds are a very popular feature, and has the Wrekin as a backdrop.