In pursuit of victory
At just 5 ft 4 in, Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson ruled the waves for close to 25 years, making him an adversary worth taking seriously. His stature and prominence as one of England's greatest naval heroes still resonates with visitors today as his story is retold through our museums and ships.
From the legendary HMS Victory to the battle-worn Trafalgar Sail, his mark on history can still be felt. Follow in the footsteps of Nelson himself as you travel across the Historic Dockyard this autumn.
Explore William Wyllie and his artwork
William Wyllie is one of the most celebrated panorama artists of all time, most notably for his work on The Panorama of The Battle of Trafalgar. After taking nine months to complete and working non-stop, his masterpiece was formally opened by King George V on 29 July 1930. Discover his story and what techniques he used to bring the legendary battle to life.
Take our know your Nelson quiz
Do you know your Nelson from your Hardy? Let's get quizzical in our fun Nelson quiz as we test your know-how as we uncover his early years at sea until his untimely death. See if you can get top marks and rule the waves just like he did. Afterwards, share your score with friends as you try to climb the ranks of the Georgian navy.
Experience Nelson's story through three historical objects
Dominic Tweddle, Director General of The National Museum of the Royal Navy reveals three of his favourite objects which show facets of Nelson's life in stunning detail.
A locket of Nelson's hair, a silverware trunk and a collection of Staffordshire Flatpack all highlight the man 260 years on today. See each object and hear expert commentary behind each one inside The Nelson Gallery.