Wellington with its beautiful historic buildings, gracious hospitality and an array of tourism attractions is an inviting destination for a crisp winter’s day. When exploring the VILLAGE MEANDER pop in at the visitors’ information centre next to the majestic Dutch Reformed Church at the top of Main Road for recommendations.
Wellington’s educational institutions stemmed from Scottish and American influence and were initiated by Dr. Andrew Murray, who was assisted by various people of American and Dutch origin.
A good starting point to familiarise yourself with the town, would be the Wellington Heritage Trails’ free downloadable audio crack tour. This self-guided heritage tour will give you a glimpse into the colourful history of the town featuring wagon makers, wine pioneers and female educators, who all played an integral role in the town’s history.
An experienced virtual tour guide provides entertaining commentary on the historic attractions and cultural diversity that makes the town and its people come to life. The voice guide is available free of charge in Afrikaans, English and German and as easy as downloading the VoiceMap app on Android or Apple device and then downloading the Wellington Heritage Trail: Wagonmakers, Winemakers and Women Educators in the comfort of your home, grabbing a pair of earphones, and going for a walk. The app is used offline, to save on data and roaming costs.
Wellington Museum features not only the cultures of various African ethnic groups, but also prides itself in having ties with countries as far afield as the USA, England, Scotland, France and the Netherlands. They exhibit Stone-Age artefacts, a major collection of Egyptian artefacts and exhibits of various pioneers who made their mark on the history of Wellington and South Africa. Many historical sites, as well as ancient San rock art, the graves of the Bains Pass builders and disused manganese mines can be experienced on routes in the Limietberg Nature Reserve.
While meandering and appreciating our historical buildings you will pass the aptly named Perfect Place. The coffee shop is indeed worthy of a visit for a sweet indulgence or country-style lunch. Visitors can also grab a take-away coffee and further explore the quaint town.
Strolling through the Breytenbach Gallery and – Art Shop that lies in the premises of the Breytenbach Centre will lift your spirits. There is just so much beauty to look at and admire. Exhibitions are held here where up and coming local artists display their work.
A stroll in the centre’s Garden of Poets brings peace and calm. The building dates back to more than 150 years and has been home to many including being used as a day hospital. They aim to develop creative activities to help build and develop the community and ultimately contribute to the country’s cultural life. The centre is used for training workshops where arts, music, drama and writing are grown, and wants to empower the community by providing multi-dimensional cultural programs.
The Bôrdienghuis Theater on the premises, is an intimate venue where performances ranging from music to cabaret and drama are regularly offered.
A real jewel in Wellington, Zomerlust is a house restaurant situated in a beautiful, elegant old home in the centre of town. The lady of the house, Esti, loves to cook and will cook for you upon reservation. This is an in-home dining experience not to be missed.
- ACVV-Potpourri Community Shop
- Andrew Murray Centre for Spirituality
- Comsec Security
- Doggy Parlour
- Goodinsurance Brokers
- Huis Andrew Murray Child & Youth Care Centre
- Huguenot Primary School
- Huguenot High School
- Jorgensens Distillery (Wild Rose)
- Kurk Kontemporêre
- Wamakersvallei Opleidingsentrum
- Wellington Coffee Café
- Wellington Dried Fruit, Nuts & Condiments