Nelson Monument

The Nelson Monument was built in memory of Admiral Lord Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Weather permitting, the Trafalgar flag signal 'England expects that every man will do his duty' is still flown on Trafalgar Day (21 October).

Looking like a tall stone telescope, the Nelson Monument contains a time ball which is still dropped at 1 o’clock daily. You get a wonderful view of the City and the sea from the top of the building.

Images of and from the Nelson Monument can be found on Capital Collections.
 


 

Visitors standing at the entrance to the Nelson Monument

About

Find out more about Nelson Monument and what you will see when you visit.

The time ball at the top of the Nelson Monument

Collections

Find out more about the time ball.

Visitor Information

Visitor Information

Details of opening hours and how to find us.

Cannon sitting below the Nelson Monument

Learning

Find out about activities for children at the Nelson Monument.

One of the exhibition boards inside the recently refurbished Nelson Monument on Calton Hill

Exhibition

Find out about the exhibition at the Nelson Monument.

RLS - vile creation

Did you Know?

that Robert Louis Stevenson described the Nelson Monument as 'among the vilest of men's handiworks'?

Did you Know?

that Robert Louis Stevenson described the Nelson Monument as 'among the vilest of men's handiworks'?

Stevenson found the comparisons to a butter churn and a telescope to be apt. However, he also said that Calton Hill provides one of the best views in Edinburgh as from its summit you can see both the Castle and Arthur's Seat.