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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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This is a great part of the city to go and see, we climbed the Mounment which was not to hard for the 147 steps, worth it at the top as the views across the city were excellent... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2015
Julie B
Inverness, United Kingdom
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

This is a great part of the city to go and see, we climbed the Mounment which was not to hard for the 147 steps, worth it at the top as the views across the city were excellent, the exhibition part is not so great, however you are really paying to climb the monument, so it is worth the money... More 

Thank Julie B
Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

The interesting thing of this monument is the possibility of going upstairs (4£) and see a 360° sights of the city.

Thank Carles P
Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2015

My wife and I aren't ones to pay for silly tourist attractions and we had some reservations about climbing to the top of the Nelson Monument. After all, you're already at the top of a hill with great views. How much greater could it get? We're very glad we did pay to climb to the top of the monument! The... More 

2 Thank IceNineJon
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2015

Very impressive - viewable from a distance, especially good from Arthur's seat. Close up the massive structure looms above you.

Thank Maxim123153
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2015

Stumbled across this being a tourist and glad we paid the entry to climb the 134 or so stairs! You get a glorious view of the city and allows you to learn a bit more about Nelson.

Thank Janice B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2015

High, in every meaning of the word ! Deserves the effort. Supreme vues from the top, and interesting museum at bottom

Thank Jacques J
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

The view from here is on everything, for good reason, it's beautiful. This is the place to be for a sunset on a clear day. If you have a camera or a set of binoculars there's a good chance you'll use them here. It's not hard to get to at all, it's rarely crowded by tourists and its an ideal... More 

Thank Lewiskerr
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

This tower has magnificent views of Edinburgh. It's very windy on top and I find the cost of 4 pounds per person a bit steep. If you find the price is right then enjoy the views!

Thank Jimsworld
Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2015

Well worth the climb to see the fantastic 360 degree view and Edinburgh. Personally Calton Hill and Nelson Monument were the highlight of our visit to Edinburgh.

Thank horneanet
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Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

Make sure you visit the Calton cemetry on the way back to the city centre. Its a hidden little graveyard behind a small doorway. Lots of very gothic mausoleum type graves.

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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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