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Nelson's Monument

Nelson's Monument

About Us

Nelson's Monument, properly called the Norfolk Naval Pillar, was originally conceived as a tribute to Nelson's victory at the battle of the Nile in 1797 and was completed 14 years after his death, in 1819. It was built on the sandy South Denes area, which at the time was an empty sand spit with only the Officers' Racecourse upon it. The Monument stood right in the centre of it as a stunning memorial to one of England's greatest naval heroes.

The Nelson Museum opens the Monument for ascents during the summer. See www.nelson-museum.co.uk for further details and booking.


Admission Costs

£3.00 per person.

Please note, ascents are for only two people at a time due to the narrow viewing platform at the top.  Fully trained Monument Guides are on hand to provide further information.  Those suffering from vertigo, claustrophobia, heart, lung or mobility problems should not make the ascent.  There are 217 steps to the top.

Opening Hours

Visitors can look at the Monument at any time, but the monument is open for ascents every Sunday from the end of May to the end of August.

Please check www.nelson-museum.co.uk for the dates and more information or alternatively call the Nelson Museum on 01493 850698.


 Monument Road, off Salmon Road, Great Yarmouth.

Latitude: 52.58836952° 52' 41.1° N Longitude: 1.733641 ° 26' 15.9° E


Other Information

Due to the slim spiral staircase and very small viewing platform at the top, only two visitors and the guide can make the ascent at any one time. We regret that we cannot accept small children or visitors with heart, lung or mobility problems on the tours. The Monument has a parapet which is 1.3 metres high. Visitors will be asked to leave bags or bulky items in the care of another guide, who will be stationed at the base of the Monument. 


The viewing platform is physically very inaccessible (217 slim spiral steps to viewing platform); however on open days the area inside the Monument gates is accessible and gives a close-up view of the base of the Monument.

Text and braille information panels have been placed around the Monument.

How to Find Us

From the seafront, drive along Marine parade with the sea on your left. Continue along South Beach Parade past the industrial area and turn right into Monument Road; the Monument is clearly visible from the road.

From the Quayside, drive along the quay with the river on your right and through the industrial area along South Denes Road. Turn left at Salmon Road and right into either Admiralty Road and left into Monument Road.

There is free parking available all around the Monument and along the seafront, but spaces may be full during the week.  


Some Photos of Our Museum

Nelson Monument

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