Wellington Area Guide
Discover more about Wellington in our local guide created to help you decide on your ideal place to live.
Today, Wellington forms part of the town of Telford, but at one time it was a settlement in its own right. In fact, it's been historically estimated that Wellington is approximately 1,400 years old! Surrounded by spectacular landscape that is dominated by the highly distinctive landmark of The Wrekin, this town is vibrant and thriving, and although Telford has expanded in recent years, it still retains a unique identity of its own. Many people choose to live here thanks to its great amenities and convenient public transport links.
There are no less than 24 other Wellingtons worldwide, but this one is the oldest. It's believed by historians that Wellington originally took its name from a local temple which has since disappeared. This temple was established by the Saxons when Roman Viroconium was demoted from its position as the local capital and a new one was established at nearby Wrockwardine.
During its early years, Wellington established a reputation as a manufacturing town, although sadly it eventually fell into decline. Nevertheless, much of the town's wealth was built upon its market and even today that remains a key influence on life in Wellington.
Wellington is home to a wide variety of property types, so whatever type of accommodation you're seeking, you're sure to find something suitable for your needs here. From modern apartments to stylish family properties, this popular area attracts people from all walks of life. The population of Wellington is younger than the national average. There are lots of young professionals and families in this area due to affordable property prices and proximity to good schools.
Wellington and the area that surrounds it has many popular secondary and primary schools, many of which have been rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted. The area also has a number of excellent independent schools which offer private education to children from 3 to 18 years old.
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Located in Wellington itself, this 19th century National Trust property is well worth a visit. Dating from the late 1800s, this suburban villa still contains a number of interesting period fixtures and fittings. Some of the most interesting include the medicine cabinet with its 300 remedies, the garage, complete with Daimler, and the Smoke Room.
Royal Air Force Museum
Aviation fans will love the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford where you can see one of the oldest Spitfires in the world. Displays here include a National Cold War Museum and of course, a wide variety of aircraft. There is also a popular Black Hawk flight simulator.
Wellington Indoor Market
Established since 1244, Wellington Market is a fully heated indoor Market Hall with an outdoor Piazza. Housing over 50 shopping units there is a new indoor Food Court, External Youth Market and Seasonal Bazaar. There is a stage allowing for events and music as well as seasonal fairs.
With its 56 acres of meadows, pools, trees, and winding footpaths, Apley Woods are a fine example of a 19th century landscaped woodland. Records mention woodland on this site as far back as 1300. However, the present woods were largely created during the last 200 years as part of the ornamental gardens to the second Apley Castle, a Georgian mansion house built in 1792 and demolished in 1955.
Telford Centre lies within easy reach and has its own excellent shopping centre. There are also local shops in Wellington where all the essentials can be found, along with a popular farmer's market once per month. Wellington also has one of the oldest retail markets in the country which is held four days a week.
Cinema & Theatre
There are two cinemas in Telford Centre, the 11 screen Imax Cineworld cinema and the Odeon Multiplex. The closest theatre to Wellington is The Place, which is in Oakenagtes.
Diners can enjoy a wide variety of eateries and cuisine types in Wellington itself and nearby villages. There are pubs and cafes serving great food and you can find a number of popular chain restaurants.
Gym & Health
Fitness fans in Wellington are within easy reach of the gym facilities in Telford and there is a local leisure centre in Wellington itself with a swimming pool.
For those who enjoy sports, there are nearby Golf, Cricket, Rugby, and Football clubs including Wrekin Golf Club, Wellington Cricket Club and Telford United Football Club (Proudly Sponsored by DB Roberts). There is something for everyone.
Wellington residents are within easy reach of a host of exciting activities including Telford's ice rink, dry ski slope and bowling alley.
Wellington and the area of Telford that surrounds it has been the target of a number of newbuild developers over recent years and a number of stylish modern properties have been constructed. Many are family sized properties that are designed to meet the requirements of growing families relocating to Shropshire.
1400 new homes will be built by The Wrekin Housing Group over the next 5 years in the Borough of Telford and Wrekin
Wellington's transport links are especially good as the town lies within very easy reach of the M54 motorway, enables easy access to nearby towns and cities.
Local buses serve this area with a number of convenient, reliable and regular services. Wellington also has a railway station with services to Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Wales.
West Midlands Trains travel from Wellington to Birmingham New Street with journey times taking less than an hour. Wellington to Shrewsbury takes approximately 15 minutes and London Euston takes around two and a half hours.
Excellent road links. Wellington lies on the M54 and is well connected to the A5. The M54 connects Wellington with Wolverhampton, Birmingham, and the M6 which is around 45 minutes away.
Wellington offers a host of reliable and regular bus services including the X4 to Shrewsbury and the 7 to Telford Centre.
Birmingham Airport is less than an hour's drive away. Manchester can be reached by car in less than an hour and a half and both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports can be reached in less than three.
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