The Nelson Monument

Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
  • Address: Calton Hill, Abbeyhill EH7 5AA, United Kingdom, Edinburgh
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: 6 GBP
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: View Point, Observatory, Monument, Family And Kids, Tower

The Nelson Monument - Review

In the honour of the Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, the magnificent Nelson Monument was built in Edinburgh. He became a martyr at the Battle of Trafalgar. Being located on top of Calton Hill, the monument rises toward the sky from where the entire city is be visible.

On the top of the tower a large ball called the Time Ball made of wood, is situated which was elevated and descended to denote the time. The monument is built with black stonework with the Royal Navy’s ensign at the top. If one wants to climb up the tower, one needs to climb a rather tight spiral staircase. The museum on the ground floor is impressive and gives a detailed and elaborate description of the career and death of Lord Admiral Nelson. 

There are 170 steps in order to climb the tower. One can see all over the city and as far away as from the top of the bridge. The pollution free environment with fresh oxygen is an added advantage to the tourists who tend to come to the monument again and again. The tower has iron railings on its top and many small restaurants are built for the public near the monument.  

The Nelson Monument Information

  • Wheelchair access is available.

The Nelson Monument Opening and Closing Hours

  • Closed on Occasion.

How To reach The Nelson Monument by Public Transport

  • Calton Hill

Restaurants Near The Nelson Monument

  • Howie's
  • Pancho Villas
  • Giuliano's

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  • The Nelson Monument Address: Calton Hill, Abbeyhill EH7 5AA, United Kingdom, Edinburgh
  • The Nelson Monument Timing: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • The Nelson Monument Price: 6 GBP
  • Time required to visit The Nelson Monument: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 64.42% of people who visit Edinburgh include The Nelson Monument in their plan

  • 48.38% of people start their The Nelson Monument visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see The Nelson Monument

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  • The best view of Edinburgh! Well worth the £5 entrance. Credit card accepted. Grab the guidebook at the entrance if you are interested in reading more about what you see up there. Otherwise there are also mounted pictures around the rooftop showing the names of significant landmarks. The stair is narrow at the top and you have to squeeze through a narrow door to get out to the roof. When you are at the foot of the tower, look for the black time ball on the top of the tower (you can see it from the rooftop). It's raised everyday at 12:45 and dropped at 13:00, or so I've heard, yet have to see it myself. There is a free small museum in the tower.

  • Excellent place to get great views and vistas of the city. Getting to the top of the hill is a bit of a challenge but it's very much worth it. Getting to the top of the monument is a pretty steep, tight climb also £5 fo admittince which is pretty cheap for what you get. Also extremely tight door to get to the view i.e. carrying a backpack through is difficult. The views in particular for this area are great, you really get to see the whole city from up there. Just be mindful of the wind as it could very easily blow your hat or cellphone away if you aren't mindful of it.

  • Good views from the top after climbing the spiral staircase. Quite windy.

  • Worth the 5 pounds. The view of the city is beautiful. It's like Arthur's seat but with less climbing.

  • Good views if you feeling fit ,after walking up the hill there is lots more steps that go to the top after £5 fee ,very windy up the top the day we were there

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