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A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Princes Street and Gardens
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All reviews princes street tight squeeze worth the climb afraid of heights spiral stairs coming down catch your breath different levels small museum christmas market well worth the effort great views of edinburgh views are amazing calton hill sunny day arthur's seat edinburgh castle
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Reviewed yesterday

This is one of the coolest locations in Edinburgh. I absolutely loved standing in it's shadow. I wish I would have known you can climb this! Next time I go, I will!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was difficult to get to or see the monument with all the activities downtown for Hogmanay. But it was nice to see a familiar landmark.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank georgiapeach08
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The monument is one to the main tourist attractions, situated right by the street and overlooking a beautiful park, it really hard to miss. Looks amazing in the evening or at night when lit from undernith by city lamps and traffic.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Maciej C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is worth visiting and seeing from the outside but paying to go up is a bit of waste of money. The museum they speak of is tiny so really you’re only paying for the views and to be honest the views from the castle...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Twinkletoes001
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument that was built to honor Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is a tall Gothic structure that is over 200 feet high and if one has the energy to climb the almost 300 steps through some very...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank kgv2828
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An imposing monument with hidden gems. There are 4 viewing levels, each tight with no passing places but views on all four sides. Great views of Princes street, the castle, the national monument, Firth of Forth, Arthur’s Seat and everything in between. The steps are...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank paulu613
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I didn’t climb up because it was pricey, but I did get some nice pictures from the bottom. It’s centrally located on Princes Street. It you want a nice view of the city, try Calton Hill. It’s not far from the Scott Monument and is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank PhillyGirl1215
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow, I like anything in the Gothic design, and this monument didn't disappoint! It was slightly spooky, but fascinating to look at. Priced at £8, I was able to climb up the 288 steps (with plenty of stops to breathe!). After a good few steps,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Beverleyx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went almost to the top on a very windy day and almost got blown off the side a few times, would recommend going on a very still day! The stairs were very small and windy leaving us with a sense of vertigo when we ascended...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LSwinders
Reviewed 14 February 2019 via mobile

If you want a panoramic view of Edinburgh and it's castle this is the place to be the museum on the first floor fills you on on sir Scott's history. Not for the faint hearted

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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16 April 2018|
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Response from dolcevita892 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, probably about 30-40 minutes maximum.
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19 November 2017|
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Response from ThisIsMyOpinion2 | Reviewed this property |
Thanks for getting back to me. Apologies for delay. I have asked people in my group and have thought about it too, but unfortunately it doesn't ring any bells sorry. Hope you find it
24 October 2017|
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Response from frank1e | Reviewed this property |
hi entrance is £5 see info below. There are 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside. Find out about Sir Walter Scott and the... More