The Nelson Garden
A small enclosed garden with a restored 19th century pavilion on the site where Nelson, with Sir William and Lady Hamilton, was entertained in 1802. They visited the Kymin on the same occasion. Some open days.
Despite its town-centre location, the Grade II listed garden is all but invisible, tucked away behind walls and only accessible through a 3m (10ft) tunnel. Once described as the best garden in Monmouth, it lay abandoned until a team of volunteers discovered it and set about its restoration.
The original 19th-century promenade pathways and a hollow hypocaust wall, once heated to cultivate tender fruit trees, are now being uncovered and restored. At the same time, planting plans are being drawn up to return the garden to its Georgian heyday, when Nelson visited the garden on at least one occasion to enjoy tea with Lady Hamilton and her husband Sir William.