Trail of Horatio Nelson

UK attractions and British History are entwined. Museums and monuments were raised to celebrate special events and the achievements of the British people. One particular Great Briton is undoubtedly Lord Horatio Nelson. Many famous landmarks, monuments and museums are dedicated to this man, one of the greatest naval heros.

Nelson Museum - Great Yarmouth

Find out about the times that Lord Nelson lived in, his career, his childhood and his death. You can learn about Lord Nelson's great character, the wounds that he received durring battles, and his controversial love life. There is a recreation of HMS Victory and plenty of hands-on activities.

The Nelson's Monument - Great Yarmouth

Nelson's Monument, or the Naval Pillar as it is properly known, was built in 1819 to commemorate the death of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. It was recently fully restored. For a tour of the Nelson's Monument call 01493 850698 or book directly at the Monument.

HMS Victory - Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory, is still a working ship with its own crew. It flies the flag of the Second Sea Lord, Commander in Chief Naval Home Command. HMS Victory has served in many battles, most famously the Battle of Trafalgar, and it was the very ship on which Lord Nelson was fatally wounded by a French sniper in 1805. The ship is open to the public and can be visited all year around.

National Maritime Museum - Maritime London Gallery

This permanent display uses the story of the Battle of Trafalgar to tell us the story of Nelson. The jewel of the exhibition is Nelson's uniform - with a hole made by the bullet that took his life.

Nelson's Column

Admiral Horatio Nelson's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 was commemorated with Nelson's Column, built between 1840 and 1843. The 18 foot statue of Nelson stands on top of a 150 foot granite column. The monument was designed by architect William Railton in 1838, and built by the firm Peto & Grissell. Both British and French cannon were melted down and used for the metal parts of the monument. Railton's original stone model ( 1:22-scale) is displayed at the National Maritime Museum in London. The statue at the top was sculpted by E.H. Baily. The famous four lions at the base, made by Sir Edwin Landseer, were added in 1867.

Other monuments built to celebrate Lord Horatio Nelson exist, most notably in Edinburgh and Liverpool.

Finally, The place where Lord Nelson's funeral took place is St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

Lord Horatio Nelson is one of the foremost Great Britons, and his life is always worth exploring further; truly, he is a great character from a time when both Britain and Europe were going through major changes.