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Scafold Platform Tours at Wellington Monument

Tours to a viewing platform situated 10 metres from the ground on the Wellington Monument scaffolding are now available to book, the National Trust has announced. The tours will start from 25 April and will see visitors climbing 6 flights of stairs to the specially created platform.

Wellington Monument has had a turbulent past, but the last 3 months have been a turning point in the monument’s history. The project to repair the 200-year-old monument took a giant step forward with the commencement of the conservation work last autumn, following the erection of the scaffolding.

The scaffolding has provided a one-off opportunity to see the conservation work of the stonemasons (from Sally Strachey conservation) and to take in the far-reaching views from the tour platform.

Jenny Weston-Siviter, Visitor Experience Manager for Wellington Monument said: ‘This tour has opened up a view from the monument that has only been experienced by a few people. As you climb the steps on the outside of the monument you will be able to witness our conservation team at work, see the patchwork of bricks and of course once at the platform, take in that special view.’

Visitors wishing to join the tours are asked to book in advance (online and over the phone), at a cost of £7.50 per visitor. All money raised from the tours will go back into conservation of the monument.

Rebecca Pow MP, an advocate of the project to restore Wellington Monument said: ‘It is wonderful to see the restoration of the monument progressing so well; just a few years ago we could never have believed this was possible. Thanks to the support of many local people; the National Trust, the Duke of Wellington and other organisations, and the funds I was proud to secure from the Libor Fund, the restoration of this iconic feature is now a reality.’

Tours will run every other Saturday and every Wednesday from 25 April to Saturday 24 October 2020. They will last approximately 45 minutes and will be led by a team of dedicated volunteers.

The project to repair the monument will cost £3.45m, with funding received from many major donors, the Chancellor and money granted through LIBOR funds, Historic England, Highways England and Viridor Credits. It is also with thanks to the community, who have been very generous with their donations, that we have raised a total of £2.95m.

We are still fundraising towards the remaining £500k, any donations towards the appeal can be made at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wellingtonmonumentappeal.

For those wishing to book their tour or to find out more information, please head to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wellington-monument or call the National Trust Box Office on: 0344 249 1895.  

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