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Scott Monument

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Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
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A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.

A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.

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Beautiful Monument

I recommend this to any new visitor to Edinburgh - even the climb. While it is very beautiful - I would suggest that it could use a good clean up.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I recommend this to any new visitor to Edinburgh - even the climb. While it is very beautiful - I would suggest that it could use a good clean up.

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Newry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

quiet an unusual monument but insipational at same time.very much well worth a visit an a look around

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So we decided to climb to the top of the Scott Monument. There's a great little museum once you reach the first level. Then there's the challenge of climbing to the second and third level!!! If you're in shape, and pretty thin.... it's quite the challenge!!! Once you arrive to the third level, it's VERY narrow!! Great activity to do... More 

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Wales, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great for children, with wonderful views from the top. Easy to access with reasonable level of fitness

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Agree with all other reviews it definitely should be given a go to see the views at the top! Enjoy it.

Thank Anna V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The 3 of us were in Edinburgh this past August for the Festival. We were out exploring the city on a rainy day and happened on the Monument. What an experience. There is a small entrance fee, then you start climbing. Stone spiral steps, narrow passages and a beautiful view of the city. There is even a small museum dedicated... More 

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the effort of climbing the increasingly narrow staircase to the top. Being a big lad it was a bit tricky manouvering up the final section to the top. That said, there are some great views of the city. Luckily the weather was fine and clear when I made the climb. It was also pretty quiet too as I... More 

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Faringdon, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

With so much beauty and history to enjoy in Edinburgh , I thought that this monument was my least favourite and least attractive in the whole city .. Shame as it is massive and seen by every visitor to the city .. Blackened with grime , dirt and neglect it could look better .. I didn't feel inspired to pay... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Scott Monument this afternoon whilst on a day trip to Edinburgh with my daughter. I was keen to climb to the top of the monument, but sadly my daughter didn't share the same enthusiasm, so I was left to go it alone! It is a £5 admission charge but in my view (pardon the pun!) it was well... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was taken aback as I turned towards Waverly Station and noticed this monument. Truly stunning. I did not have time or weather to climb to the top but plan to do so at a later date

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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