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Nelson Monument

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Broughton & Calton
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Address: Calton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA, Scotland
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bit of a hike

You have to hike up 140 some stairs in addition to Calton Hill and the wind is NUTS. I'm scared of heights so not the best idea for me but the views are crazy. You can see from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 September 2016
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Teddington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It has taken me several visits to the city to have time to climb Carlton Hill. The views from the top, not only of the city but across the Forth are stunning - and it gets you away from the crowds!

Thank GastronomeUK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Before going to Edinburgh we read up on some of the sights around the city and this monument featured so we went to Calton Hill and viewed it and the others . .very interesting and free for anyone to visit . . The story of each monument is there to be read .. take a camera

Thank WeeBonbon
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We found this almost by accident on the evening of our first day in Edinburgh and it provided a really nice evening stroll with stunning views over the city (especially the castle as the floodlights came on). Highly recommended.

Thank MomandBusiness
Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Unlike the Scott memorial where I decited too many stairs I went up the 143 steps to the top of this 106 foot high tower which is on the top of Calton Hill so the views are absolutely spectacular well worth the climb and we'll worth the £5 entrance.

Thank 70ish
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

You have to hike up 140 some stairs in addition to Calton Hill and the wind is NUTS. I'm scared of heights so not the best idea for me but the views are crazy. You can see from Arthur's Seat all the way out to the water and the whole city of Edinburgh below. The monument also has a cool... More 

Thank Moira M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Definitely worth the £5 fee to go up to the top. The views were stunning. Don't forget to look at the small exhibition downstairs which was very informative. Make sure to take a jacket or something as it can get very windy and chilly up there.

Thank Michelle B
Spring Hill, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I don't know why the Nelson monument is not one of the top attractions for Edinburgh it has the BEST panoramic view of all time! Don't stop at Carlton Hill pay the 5 pounds to make the climb to the top you will not be disappointed! Comparable to exquisite views like out of other tall attractions like the Statue of... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Nelson Monument on Calton Hill was not open when I was there but there are still great views of the city from the observation area at the bottom of the monument. Calton Hill is a great area for viewing Edinburgh and has several important monuments and historical buildings.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Seems a bit centred towards tourists rather than locals - with a £5 entry charge per body. Baulked at spending £20 to take myself and three children under 10. Surely a Council-run facility should have reduced prices for children or Edinburgh residents. The keeper was apologetic and polite though. Also you have to pay £5 to use the toilets -... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

It costs 5 pounds to access the monument, but it is worth it for the panoramic views from the top. There is a small display area on the ground floor that commemorates Lord Nelson and provides information on the Battle of Trafalgar, as well as Scotland's connection to the battle and the Royal Navy in general.

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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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