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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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Beautiful views

Beautiful views over Edinburgh although it is very windy and not for anyone who doesn't have a head for heights! The walk up is a bit strenuous. The entry fee is £5 which adds up... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 December 2016
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is yet another one of about half the attractions in this city that requires a bit of hill climbing, so be prepared for a bit of a step out, well worth the view of the city from up here though. What struck me about this place, is that it is called a monument, but yet it is a building... More 

Thank Theycallitmadness
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

360 views of the city, the port, the mountains, arthur's seat, the castle everything. the whole park at the top there is well worth the walk

Thank SaskiaLorrison
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful views over Edinburgh although it is very windy and not for anyone who doesn't have a head for heights! The walk up is a bit strenuous. The entry fee is £5 which adds up if there's a few of you, especially given that you aren't likely to be up there a huge amount of time.

Thank siddle45
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Spectacular views for £5. If you aren't adventurous enough to do Arthur's Seat and you have already made the climb up Caton Hill, take the in-between physical challenge of these stairs by going up the tower. Apparently the ball is supposed to drop every day except Sunday at 1300 but we didn't see it even though we were outside. Oh,... More 

Thank imouse1
Surrey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Worth the £5 entrance fee and the climb for panoramic views over Edinburgh and across the Firth of Forth. Not keen on heights but did not find it a problem. Small exhibition on Nelson/Trafalgar on ground floor.

Thank roamingkaren
Kirkby-in-Ashfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

After a climb up Carlton Hill take a while to visit the Nelson monument. The exhibition is very informative. Then take a climd up the stairs to the viewing area. On a clear day views can be seen far and wide. Highly recommend.

Thank Chandra H
Teddington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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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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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