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 and a new exhibition has been curated just in time for the monument's 200th anniversary.
During adverse weather conditions (high winds especially) please check our Twitter feed @EdinCulture before travelling as the monument may be closed at short notice for safety reasons.
Are you up for the Monumental Challenge?
Please note that the Monument will be closed on Friday 21 October until 12.30pm. Celebrations to commemorate Trafalgar Day and the 200th anniversary of the monument will be taking place on Calton Hill from 1045.
Find out more about Nelson Monument and what you will see when you visit.
Find out more about the time ball.
Details of opening hours and how to find us.
Find out about our Outreach service for schools and community groups
Find out about the exhibition at the Nelson Monument.
Did you Know?
that Robert Louis Stevenson described the Nelson Monument as 'among the vilest of men's handiworks'?