Nelson the Private side of a public hero

The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission costs £5.50 for adults, £2 for children and £4.50 for students and seniors. Family tickets cost £16. Tel: 0 181 858 4422. Visitors to the area may want to take advantage of a special offer being made by the Montcalm Hotel at Marble Arch. The four-star deluxe hotel features 120 rooms with an 18th-century ambiance. Through July 1999, guests of the hotel also receive free admission to the National Maritime Musuem, The Queen’s House, and The Old Royal Observatory, Greenwich, Tel:0 171 402 4288

Readers following in Lord Nelson’s footsteps can find many other Nelson monuments and sites throughout Southern England. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard preserves HMS Victory, his flagship at Trafalgar, exactly as it appeared at the time of the climactic battle. Other historic ships on view include the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior, the world’s first sea-going ironclad. In November 1998, Portsmouth’s Royal Naval Museum will open a new gallery devoted to Nelson and his comrades, which will house one of the finest collections of Nelson relics in the world.

The dockyard is open November to February, from 10 am to 5 pm, March to October from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Admission to Victory and the Royal Naval Museum costs £5.50 for adults, £4 for children, and £4.75 for seniors. Admission to all of the historic ships and the museum costs £11 for adults, £8 for children, and £9.50 for seniors. Tel: 01705 839766.

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, houses an impressive monument to Admiral Nelson in the south transept, and he is interred in a marble sarcophagus the cathedral’s crypt. Tel: 0171 248-2705.

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