Nelson Monument


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If the views from Calton Hill aren't grand enough for your liking, you can get an even better all-round vantage point from the top of the Nelson Monument. Designed to mimic the shape of Nelson's telescope, it was built to commemorate his victory at Trafalgar and completed in 1816. Some 36 years later, a time-ball mechanism was added at the very top; weighing a mighty 762kg (1,680lbs), the ball and the One O'Clock Gun at the castle were synchronised, helping shipping captains in Leith Harbour to reset their chronometers. By 2009, many years of ball-dropping and the tower's exposed position had taken their toll, but a few months of tender loving care saw the monument back in good nick.

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Nelson Monument details

Calton Hill

Area Calton Hill & Broughton

Transport Playhouse buses

Telephone 0131 556 2716

Nelson Monument website

Open Apr-Sept 1-6pm Mon; 10am-6pm Tue-Sat. Oct-Mar 10am-3pm Mon-Sat.

Admission £3.

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