At home with Horatio.

Follow in the footsteps of Britain’s heroic Lord Nelson this summer when the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution will be hosting some exciting guided trails over separate weekends.

The Nelson Society and the World Heritage fund – under the auspices of BRLSI – are jointly staffing four guided walks around the city.

The Fatal Wounding of Lord Nelson on the Deck of HMS Victory at the Battle Of Trafalgar. Section from colour Mezzotint. Wellcome Collection. CC BY4

The epic story of England’s most famous sailor has inspired generations, but it is not well known that Nelson, hoping to recuperate from illness and battle injuries, was a frequent visitor to Bath, along with his wife, Fanny. 

The guided walks will last just over an hour and will highlight some of the key locations on the southern route of the Nelson trail, with expert commentary.

Each walk starts at 11am from the BRLSI building at 16 Queen Square and for the fee of £5, walkers will receive a professionally designed trail guide, a guided tour, and a complimentary tea or coffee at the end of their morning.

The dates for the trails are:

  • 27th April
  • 11th May
  • 8th June
  • 22nd June

These trails will compliment an exhibit taken from BRLSI’s ‘Chosen’ exhibition. ‘Chosen’ sees guest curators take inspiring and intriguing objects from the BRLSI collections and place them in a new light.

One of those exhibits – in which l declare an interest – is a phial of brandy from the barrel in which Nelson’s body was carried back to these shores from the Battle of Trafalgar.


This is an object l was invited to guest-curate and l am delighted to hear that Nelson aficionados have travelled from far and wide to view this small treasure and here is a chance for Bath residents to come and see it both up close and for free.

There are many other fascinating displays of other curiosities – curated by fellow guests – also on view.


  • The ‘Chosen’ exhibition will be on display free to view to the public in the BRLSI exhibition space from 30th March to 28th September. The exhibition opening hours are 10am until 4pm.
  • Book tickets through Bath Box Office / 01225 463362
  • Tickets cost £5 per adult, children are free. Each walker receives a free tea or coffee and a professionally produced trail leaflet. All children must be accompanied by an adult.IMG_3444

The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) is an educational charity based in the centre of Bath. The Institution runs a programme of more than 150 public lectures each year of topics including science, philosophy, art and museum exhibitions.