Cape Winelands audio tour: Wellington Heritage Trail: Wagonmakers, Winemakers and Women Educators

Wellington Heritage Trail: Wagonmakers, Winemakers and Women Educators

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

There may be 39 places in the world called Wellington, but there is only one in Africa! Set in the heart of the Cape Winelands, South Africa’s Wellington played and still plays a very important role in the country’s wine industry. On this walking tour, you’ll learn about this small town’s historic buildings and the interesting, unconventional and oftentimes quirky personalities that walked its streets before you.
My name is Olivia and I’m the curator at the Wellington Museum, where you’ll find one of the most extensive collections in a small town museum. I was born and bred here and have a great passion for my town and its people. Join me on this tour and I’ll fill you in on the history of Wellington, share some interesting stories and point out a handful of special buildings.

The tour’s highlights include:

• Learning about Andrew Murray, South Africa’s ‘Father of Education’
• Hearing about the ‘Leopard of the Masonic Hotel’
• Seeing the home of the selfless Countess of Stamford who was born into slavery
• Discovering Africa’s most famous piano factory
• Visiting the former school building that closed after its principal joined a sect
• Listening to the story of Piet Retief, one of Wellington’s famous sons

Whether it’s your first time in this Cape Winelands town or you’re a local who’s curious about its fascinating history, this tour is a delightful introduction to Wellington’s stories of yesteryear.

Allow 1.5-2 hours for this walk. There are several coffee shops and restaurants en route for a quick (or lengthy) stop.

Tour Producer


Wellington Wine and Tourism

Wellington Wine and Tourism is the Destination Marketing Organisation of Wellington. We are passionate about our town, its heritage and its people! Download your tour for free and visit our website to find out what else there is to do, see, eat and taste in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

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Major Landmarks

  • Andrew Murray Statue

  • Coronation Arch

  • Town Hall

  • Wellington Museum

  • Cummings Hall

Directions to Starting Point

Start the tour from the parking space, just off Main Road, between the Wellington Information Centre and the Dutch Reformed Church. Wellington’s Main Road has two access points – Piet Retief Street and the R44.

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Places to stop along the way

Wellington Museum, Perfect Place, Victoria Park, Breytenbach Sentrum

Best time of day

In summer, it is best to start the walk in the early morning or mid-afternoon when it is less hot. In winter, enjoy the walk at any time of day before sunset.

The Wellington Museum is open between 9am to 5pm on weekdays. Entrance is R10.


Wear comfortable shoes and be aware of your belongings.
In summer, bring along some water and a hat as it can get very hot. In winter, bring a jacket or raincoat as it can get cold and wet.


Wellington Heritage Trail: Wagonmakers, Winemakers and Women Educators