Owned by the National Trust, looking after fantastic places such as the Lake District and of course Hardy Monument, this place is a fantastic opportunity to take in some fantastic views where you will find yourself at the top of Dorset.
The Hardy Monument, 72 feet tall, stands on an exposed location above the village of Portesham in Dorset. It was built in 1844 in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Amongst other things, Hardy became famous as it was in his arms that Nelson died, saying the immortal words ‘Kiss me Hardy’. We became owners of the site in 1938 and have maintained it ever since.
The future of the monument has been safeguarded thanks to a £150,000 restoration project carried out during 2011. The project involved re-pointing nearly 80% of the monument and replacing over a hundred badly eroded stones. The memorial plaque on the outside of the monument was also restored.
The monument car park opens at 10.30am and closes at 4.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday when the monument is open, weather permitting.
Hardy Monument is back open for the 2017 season, allowing you to climb the monument. The opening times are 10:00-16:00.