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Scott Monument

Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland (Castle / Royal Mile / High St)
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Ranked #27 of 155 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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Owner description: A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
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Crawley, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This tower is right in the heart of the city and is a terrifying thing to climb. There are four levels, with each level getting small er and the stairs getting thinner - at the top the staircase walls touch both shoulders! Definitely an experience - the views are great. However, if you want a less stressful climb with better... More

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Bermagui, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

**JUST A DISCLAIMER** This is not for the faint of heart or anybody who is claustrophobic or has a fear of heights! The view is absolutely breath-taking, you can see all of the new town, right down to the sea, and up to the castle and some of the old town, as well as Arthur's Seat, Salisbury Crag, and the... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

so much fun!! defo worth the 287 steps up to the top! great view from the top, although its a difficult ascent, and just as difficult to get down the winding stairs!!

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

the 297 winding steps are not everyone's cup of tea, including mine, but the views around the city on a clear day are well worth the jelly legs

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Perth, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I took my live in my hands and walk up the inside Scott monument. The stairs were very nafrow and twisty, but the view from the top made the effort worth while

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Wales, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

The higher you climb, the more challenging it gets! The spiral steps get narrower and narrower...and also seem to slant inwards. Probably not good for anyone with a dislike of small spaces. The views and sense of achievement were great on reaching the top. Lots of opportunity for superb photos. Completely loved the whole experience.

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Pebble Beach, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

This is the place to go for some of the best views of the city. Beware if you have wide shoulders, are large or claustrophobic. The stairway becomes increasingly narrow, the closer to the top you get. Also, you go down the same way you go up and you may meet people heading in the opposite direction and there is... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Well maintained, beautiful floral clock at the Mound entrance, magnificent monument to Sir Walter Scott at the Waverley entrance, Princes Street Gardens is a treasure of a public space. If you're up to it climb to the top of the Scott monument for a modest fee and get a certificate to prove you've done it. Pick a clear day for... More

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The Netherlands
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56 reviews 56 reviews
43 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Not recommended for 'bigger' people. The staircase is real narrow but its totally worth it if you've climbed up. 4 pounds entrance, so not a lot

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Fort Erie, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Did the climb in my youth many times but refrained this time, older legs. nice spot to see the castle and the gardens

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