Nelsons Monument, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Photo, Architect, Date, Building, History

Nelson’s Monument : Calton Hill Architecture

Nelson’s Monument Edinburgh, Scotland by Robert Burn

Nelson’s Monument Edinburgh

Nelson’s Monument Location: Calton Hill

Date built: 1807-15/16

Architect: Robert Burn

Nelson’s Monument Visitor Attraction

Visit Scotland has announced that the Nelson Monument is to be upgraded to a four-star rated visitor attraction, following the recent work as part of the Twelve Monuments Project.

Visit Scotland has a five-level grading system for attractions which indicates the standard of customer care and range of facilities on offer.

Previously graded at two-stars, the monument is now rated ‘excellent’
In addition to repairing the monument and its Time Ball mechanism, a new exhibition was added as part of the project, describing the connection with Lord Nelson, the development of the building and the history of the Time Ball.

Nelson’s Monument Renovation works
Date: 2009

Nelson’s Monument Edinburgh – Building Information

Commemorates Admiral Lord Nelson (died at Battle of Trafalgar,1805)
Viewing platform: best panoramic views of the capital
Time Ball installed in 1852 to allow ships in the Forth to know the time

The Monument’s dropping ball on top pole signalled time to ships in the Firth of Forth.

Nelson's Monument
Calton Hill Monument : photo © Adrian Welch

Nelson’s Monument replaced an existing mast on Calton Hill’s summit with a signal-tower high enough to be visible to ships on the Forth and commemorates Admiral Lord Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh
Calton Hill Monument : photo © Adrian Welch

The stone structure is 106 ft high with 143 steps from a base 456 ft above sea level. The really smart aspect of this tower is the time signal installed at its top in 1852 to enable ships’ captains to set their chronometers accurately. A large time-ball drops on weekdays, at 12pm in Winter and 1pm in Summer coinciding with the firing of Edinburgh Castle’s One o’Clock Gun.

Nelson's Monument
Calton Hill Monument : photo © Adrian Welch

Nelson’s Monument Admission £3.00 (last checked 2010)
Mon : 1pm – 6pm, Tue – Sat: 10am – 6pm
Oct to Mar Mon – Sat: 10am – 3pm
Phone: +44 (0)131 556 2716

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Scottish National Monument
photograph © Adrian Welch

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Duguld Stewart Monument
photo © Adrian Welch

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Edinburgh’s (actually Scotland’s) National Monument, just to the north of Nelson’s Monument, was designed as a folly (though this has been questioned), based on Acropolis, Athens – not the result of lack of funds.

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