The Nelson Monument

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  • 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

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.  

  • Wheelchair access is available.

  • Closed on Occasion.

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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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  • 32.88% of people who visit Edinburgh include The Nelson Monument in their plan

  • 52.31% of people start their The Nelson Monument visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

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

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

50.59% of people prefer walking in order to reach The Nelson Monument

People normally club together Edinburgh Dungeon and The Scott Monument while planning their visit to The Nelson Monument.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • This place have really nice view, from tower and also from the mountain hill, but it's not the best possible place for full view of Beautiful Edinburgh! Best places are two large hills o posit to it. From one of them you can see everything but is a little tricky to get on the top of it. I'm waiting for that moment when I will move to Edinburgh from Nottingham to stay there! I love this City and place!

  • There was no need to climb up the Nelson Tower (for a £5 admission fee) to get a nice shot of Edinburgh. I figured that it would be a lot better to have it altogether with the city in the background as shown in my photograph here. However, admission is free at the museum at the foot of the tower.

  • I walked here from the Royal Mile and was surely enjoying the view on my way up. The view of the city and Edinburgh castle in the distance is spectacular. Arthur's seat to the left was even better.

  • Fine Monument to Nelson. On Trafalgar Day, 21st October, the flags of his famous message are flown.

  • If you want to have a really nice view of Edinburgh, you should pay the 5£ to go to the top of this tower. It's really nice, great pictures can be taken from up there. You can get to Calton Hill in one of those hop on hop off buses or bay walking from The Canon gate kirk or the Holyrood palace. Worth the visit

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