The upturned telescope was designed by the architect Robert Burn and was built between 1807 and 1815. In 1852, a large time ball was introduced, which is lowered as the one o'clock gun is fired from Edinburgh castle each day. The climb up this monument is well worth it for some stunning views of the city!
Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the building, the monument is accessible by steps only. The main entrance has 2 steps. There is no lift and no ramp. Some parts of the venue have low lighting. We have display information in braille, large print and other.
You can travel to Nelson Monument on the following Lothian Buses services: 1, 4, 5, 15, 45
Many of our venues in and around the city centre are easily accessible on foot and by public transport so please consider the environment when planning your travel to and from our events. Public transport information is available from Traveline Scotland - travelinescotland.com and 0871 200 22 33 - 24 hours a day.