A new life for the Nelson Garden in Monmouth 

Uncover the varied life of this secret garden...

From Romans, Normans, real tennis and bowls players to a visit from one of the most famous people of his day - welcome to THE NELSON GARDEN.

THE NELSON GARDEN

MONMOUTH

A New Life for the Nelson Garden in Monmouth project

Vital Support

The creation of this website has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

How did the garden get its name?

HORATIO NELSON was known as the ‘Hero of the Nile’ after his victory over the French in Egypt.

His visit to Monmouth in 1802 caused great excitement amongst the townsfolk when he accompanied Sir William and Lady Hamilton, who were returning from their Estate in West Wales. Their visit included many grand events, including a dinner at the Beaufort Arms.

 

 

“About eight o’clock, his Lordship and friends took leave of the meeting in the most polite manner, and afterwards accompanied Colonel Lindsay to the beautiful summer house in his garden ... there to enjoy the refreshments of tea and coffee, and pass the remainder of the evening in that charming retreat.”

 

Extract from Charles Heath’s PROUD DAYS FOR MONMOUTH  Thursday August 19, 1802

Georgian garden

The planting throughout the garden is designed around species that would have been popular in ornamental gardens of the late 18th/early 19th centuries.  

The garden today

Although the ‘charming retreat’ has vanished, in about 1840 the present Memorial Pavilion was erected, possibly to the design of George Vaughan Maddox, the Monmouth architect. Constructed of timber, various parts have been replaced over time and little of the current structure is original.  However, it does house the original “Seat” on which Nelson sat, and a plaque commemorates the visit.

New Life for Nelson Garden

The restoration has been carried out by the Nelson Garden Preservation Trust, a committee of dedicated local volunteers.

CALL US

Tel: +44 (0) 1600 715507

EMAIL US
OPENING HOURS

From April to October.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A hidden gem

Tucked away in the town centre, the garden is accessible by walking through an atmospheric 18th Century tunnel and has recently been completely restored to its 19th century heyday.

How to find us

Access from Monnow Street Car Park (NP25 3UZ). Enter through the tunnel entrance. There is also disabled access by arrangement. 

Visit us

Registered Charity 1177651

Adjacent to Monnow Street Car Park

NP25 3UZ

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