Skyline of Edinburgh with Nelson Monument and Calton Hill

Nelson Monument – Resident preview

Standing at the highest point of Calton Hill is the striking Nelson Monument. This upturned telescope is one of the most impressive elements along Edinburgh’s skyline and its rich history stretches back over 200 years.

The monument was designed by the architect Robert Burn and was built between 1807 and 1815. In 1853 a time ball was added to the top of the tower and acted as a time signal to ships in the Firth of Forth.

While offering incredible views from the exterior elevated platform, inside visitors will be able to discover the fascinating story of this majestic tower. The current exhibition explores the life of Charles Piazzi Smyth, originator of the one o’clock gun and time ball, and whose pioneering work at Calton Hill during the 19th century changed the practice of astronomy across the world.

Exclusively for residents with an EH postcode, we are offering 10 pairs of tickets to visit the Nelson Monument. Visits should be booked and taken by the end of September 2024.


Inside Nelson Monument with museum display boards

How to enter

10 winners will be drawn at random to each win a pair of tickets to the Nelson Monument.
Visits should be booked and taken by the end of September 2024.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to this fascinating local monument enter here:

Win a pair of tickets to the Nelson Monument

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Terms and conditions

  • This reward is only valid for residents with a EH postcode. Contact and address details will be required when booking and on arrival (photo ID or utility bill with an EH postcode).
  • This competition closes at midnight on 28 June 2024.
  • Visits should be booked and taken by the end of September 2024.
  • Winners agree to RSVP within 48 hours of being notified, otherwise, their place will be reallocated to the next winner.
  • All winners agree to their contact details (name, telephone number and email address) being passed to Museum and Galleries Edinburgh for the delivery of this reward.
  • Winners will be free to explore the venue at their leisure. There is no guided tour available.
  • The time ball is currently being refurbished and will not be on display.
  • Due to the historic nature of the building, the Nelson Monument has no lift or ramp. The upper levels are accessible by stairs only.
  • A maximum of one entry per individual is permitted.
  • The reward cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • This reward is not transferrable or refundable and cannot be sold. No cash alternative will be offered.
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