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Notice: The Hardy Monument is currently closed until further notice. Future opening plans will be provided here shortly. Please contact the West Dorset office for more information.

Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy

The Hardy Monument 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.

We hope that the monument will be re-opened for you to visit in the near future, but problems with access arrangements are delaying this. We're currently working with partners to secure more suitable parking.

Re-opening the monument

This exciting land acquisition is the first for Coast 2015

This exciting land acquisition is the first for Coast 2015

We're delighted to announce that the National Trust has just acquired the key car park at Hardy's Monument and some wonderful adjoining heathland.We are now working hard to reopen the monument and car park to our supporters. The date of reopening is yet to be confirmed.
We are working in partnership with Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team, Natural England and Dorset County Council to manage this landscape in conjunction with the South Dorset Ridgeway Partnership. This is the first acquisition for Coast 2015.

We're recruiting

Car Park Wardens

We're looking for a new team to open and run the Hardy Monument site. Ideally we need two people who can share the workload, as the monument and car park will be open seven days a week.

Full details can be found on National Trust Jobs, using the link below. The closing date is Wednesday 29 April.