An attractive market town with a sense of the Georgian, this place on the banks of the River Tone inspired Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, to adopt its name. He owned an estate here and a 175ft monument on the highest point of the nearby Black Down Hills acts as a reminder of his past glories. The town’s woollen industry dates back several centuries and a local museum recounts the story of one of its greatest exponents, the Fox Family, who also gave the town a park. Nightlife here includes a visit to a 1930s cinema.
Another famous citizen of Wellington was Sir John Popham. As Lord Chief Justice of England he was involved in the trials of Mary Queen of Scots, Guy Fawkes and Sir Walter Raleigh. He is remembered by a monument in the local parish church.