Horatio Nelson was born in Norfolk, died at sea and is buried in London. However, Monmouth is home to one of the best collections about the famous admiral in the world. Find out about Nelson's life, loves, death and commemoration. The Nelson Museum was founded in 1924, following the bequest to Monmouth by Lady Llangattock of her Nelson collection.The museum moved to the current premises (a market hall complex built in the 1830s) in 1969, at which time the local history collections for the town were incorporated. The Local History centre deals with Monmouth and its people, including Charles Rolls of Rolls Royce fame and Henry V.The Nelson collection includes both personal and commemorative material, and is particularly noted for the large number of personal letters. Star exhibits include Nelson's fighting sword, and a selection of outrageous forgeries, including Nelson's 'glass eye'.
Open daily all year: Monday to Saturday (incl Bank Hols) 11-1,2-5;
Sunday 2-5 (close at 4pm daily November to February inclusive)
The Nelson Museum, is neatly located in the centre of Monmouth. Although this museum isn't one of the largest museums in the UK, it certainly reveals the truth into the statement, ‘size isn't everything'. The staff here are so friendly and I liked the way they were on hand at any point to answer any question. The Museums main focus is Lady Llangattock's large collection of Nelson memorabilia. There is also an amazing collection of historical items pertaining to Lady Llangattock's famous son ‘Charles Stewart Rolls'of Rolls Royce fame. But just when you think that's it, upstairs in the museum, houses an amazing local art collection. Now you can see exactly why the Nelson Museum has earned its place as one of Wale's Top 100 Attractions.
Nestled in the heart of Monmouth's old town, this place has exquisite accommodation and serves some very tasty food. Using the best of locally sourced products, their cuisine is renowned within the area. *