Climb Nelson’s Monument in Edinburgh

If you’re looking to stretch those legs and have a good walk in Edinburgh, then we’ve got a great activity to add to your stack. A walk through one of the most scenic areas of the city to Nelson’s monument offers a wonderful view of the city as well as entry into a free museum on the ground floor. Add Nelson’s monument to your day out in the city centre of Edinburgh!

Where is the best view of Edinburgh?

A short walk away from Waverley station in the city centre lies Calton Hill, with an old tower that offers a spectacular view of the city.

Apart from the famous Arthur’s seat right in the centre of Holyrood Park, there are plenty of other wonderful views of the city. A walk up Calton Hill, a must-do for every visitor to Edinburgh, will take you up to Nelson’s monument. The tower, built between 1807 and 1815, sits on top of the hill and has an elevated platform that offers a panoramic view of the city – if you’re lucky, on a clear day you may be able to see Queensferry Crossing at the north-western tip of the city, and the Pentland hills in the Scottish borders to the south. The tower is also home to a free museum, where you can learn about the history of the building, as well as host regular themed exhibitions.

  • Entry to climb up the tower is £6.
  • Entry to the museum is free, but donations are welcome.
  • You can get to the tower by a short walk from Waverley station.

*Please note that the site is temporarily closed. A reopening date is not known yet.*

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