Your Brilliant Benches
When is a bench not a bench?
When it’s a curiosity, a work of art, a window to a stunning view, a much welcome resting spot or a fitting tribute.
We sent you, our local explorers, out on a mission to seek out the most brilliant or bizarre bench in your local area. Here are our top picks for Brilliant Benches – Mission Complete!
16 of Britain’s best brilliant benches:
Ideas bench – Dorchester, Dorset
Spotter: Jacqui Fogg
Bench intel: This bench is the perfect spot to take some time out, reflect, and come up with new ideas!
Heads bench – Cockington, nr Torquay
Spotter: Jon Cornish
Bench intel: Some great history of past residents on these heads!
Xylem Voices – Alderbrook viewpoint, Surrey Hills
Spotter: Liz Grant
Bench intel: It is called Xylem Voices and was designed by sculptor Walter Bailey. Made from oak, it represents six xylem vessels which are the way trees transport water up their trunks.
Castle bench -Chepstow Castle
Spotter: Gareth Jenkins
Bench intel: A stunningly carved castle bench!
Diving helmet bench – Whitstable, Kent
Spotter: Diane Berry
Bench intel: If you sit where the diving helmet is, you can sit with your head in it!
Fun fact: Whitstable harbour was the first place to develop an underwater breathing apparatus.
Keyboard bench – Perivale Park, West London
Spotter: Allen Tsui
Bench intel: Fantastic keyboard bench in memory of English pianist Nikky Hopkins.
Treorci bench – Rhondda Valley, South Wales
Spotter: Claire Williams
Bench intel: It represents the musical heritage of Treorchy Male Voice Choir, singing throughout the mountains of the valley.
Lock view bench – Loch Vanachar, Scotland
Spotter: Vivian Viljoen
Bench intel: Just a bench with a stunning view!
Colour change bench – Alresford Creek, nr Wivenhoe, Essex
Spotters: Richard Martin & Sarah Sherratt
Bench intel: The colours on this bench change depending on which way it’s viewed and are amazing in the sunlight.
Question benches – nr Barbican Tube Station, London
Spotter: Sonia Field
Bench intel: Part of ‘Around the Corner’ – a commission inspired by a quote from the novel ‘Jacob’s Room’ by Virginia Woolf. Follow the words to get to the end of question!
Afternoon tea bench – Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire
Spotter: Susan Middler
Bench intel: Time for tea and cake on this fab bench. The perfect ending to any adventure!
Brilliant benches spotted by the team at TT Towers
A selection of our favourite brilliant benches spotted by our Trails Writers and TT Towers Team on our explorations!
Framed view bench – Falmouth, Cornwall
Bench intel: Just a great spot for a photo! I love the way the stones frame this view.
Bench poetry – Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Bench intel: Whilst we don’t usually set clues on benches (someone might be sat in the way!), we do often spot unusual ones to point out in a Trail, like this fantastic limerick tribute!
Welcome ceramic bench – Stone, Staffordshire
Bench intel: Created by local school children in 2008, this Welcome to Stone bench certainly gives a warm welcome to any secret agents on the Stone Spy Mission!
Bench with a view – South Bay, Scarborough
Bench intel: Another bench in Scarborough, but it does have so many! This is one I got to sit on and enjoy sharing the view with my dad a few years ago. I took in the castle views whilst Dad enjoyed a spot of birdwatching.
Very long brilliant bench – Stourhead, National Trust
Bench intel: This bench is perfect for social distancing, or for a very large group not to have to squabble for a spot!
Do YOU have a better brilliant bench near you!
Get bench spotting on your local Treasure Trail
Spice up your local walk with a Treasure Trail, safe in the knowledge that you can take a rest on a bench at anytime! Treasure Trails offer self-guided treasure hunt, detective mystery or spy mission themed adventures across the UK, and we can officially guarantee you’ll pass at least one bench in every Trail!