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Scott Monument

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Address: Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-529-4068
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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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Biggest Writer's monument!

The Scott monument with a statue of Sir Walter Scott right in the centre of the thronging city on Princess street is a landmark of Edinburgh as much as the Edinburgh castle or the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jugneeta S
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Mumbai (Bombay), India

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Scott monument with a statue of Sir Walter Scott right in the centre of the thronging city on Princess street is a landmark of Edinburgh as much as the Edinburgh castle or the Royal mile. A Victorian Gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott, the largest monument to a writer in the world. (In India at Kanyakumari, one finds the... More 

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Sheffield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

£4 for some stunning views, you can not go wrong. There are 4 levels to climb, with stunning views from all 4, especially the very top. It was quiet during our visit, I imagine when busy it gets a bit chaotic on the on set of stairs, these are quite narrow. The last flight to the top level are very... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

By climbing up the 287 steps in the inside of the Scots Monument you are rewarded with a magnificent view of Edinburgh - its well worth the climb especially on a windy day. Its the largest monument to any writer in the UK but you don't need to be a Walter Scot fan if you are great if not just... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When you look up you don't realize how high you will actually be going as it looks too narrow to be able to make it all the way up so be warned... it's right to the top. I'm usually okay with heights but a combination of the wind, tight fitting staircases and stone steps sent me into terror haha! I... More 

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This monument resembles a medievil Thunderbirds! It is quite large and has a statue of Scott in the middle. Right on Prince Street it is hard to miss. Can't do anything with the monument - just view the outside.

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our view out of our hotel window - its a very eery sight at night but a very nice monument in that

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Thank Eastendyid
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent monument to Scott set amongst lovely gardens. The Christmas market was there when we visited so the scene was lovely.

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Thank Paul G
Harlow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this on a windy, cold and snowy day.....was difficult to climb up but when reaching the top the views were breathtaking

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Cork
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We regretted going up the monument as the stairs got thinner and we got tired. However, the views were lovely and it was reasonably priced.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was only £4 to enter and go all the way to the top. At first its hard to imagine how you can go inside the monument. You pay £4 to enter and you have to walk up tight stairways to get to each level. There are 4 levels in total. There is a museum also on the first level.... More 

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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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