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Address: Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-529-4068
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Description: A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
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Very snug at the top but excellent views

The Scott Monument is a climb up over 200 stairs, and a the top it is very narrow and tight, so be prepared to get very cozy with your fellow tourists on the way up and the way... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The Scott Monument is a climb up over 200 stairs, and a the top it is very narrow and tight, so be prepared to get very cozy with your fellow tourists on the way up and the way down. Can be windy at the top. But excellent views of the Castle, Calton Hill, Arthur's Seat, Trains at Waverly Station and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The views are magnificent! I'm really glad were persevered and made it to the top level dispite the somewhat scary climb up the narrow spiral stairs. There is only one way up and down, so you have to plaster yourself against the side of the stone stairwell to allow others going in the opposite direction to pass. It's pretty tricky... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views from Edinburgh city centre, right next to Waverley Central Station. 4 pounds per person. 287 steps (they get really small and tight when you reach the top so if you are claustrofobic take care)

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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Now we know where Gerry Anderson found his inspiration for Thunderbird 3 - it was here! The views are great even if the blackened and OTT monument itself is an acquired taste. The spiral staircase is very narrow at the top - large American tourists are discouraged

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The view from the top of this historic monument is worth the entrance fee and the climb! A must-do if you are visiting Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Well worth the 287 steps to the top, the views are amazing and on a clear day you can see for miles. Several viewing points on the way up and as you would expect the steps get narrower and narrower, a magnificent monument. Not for those with very young children unless you want to carry them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I wanted to see Edinburgh from a bird perspective. First tried St. Giles cathedral but it was not available to climb the tower at the moment. And then when passing around the Scott Monument I saw people at the top of the tower! Entry fee was a half price cheaper than at St. Giles (just 4 pounds), so let's go... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

The climb to the top is not the easiest as the only spiral staircase is extremely narrow. It's only really wide enough for one person-so pass by people on the wider, outer edges of steps. It's safer. Each of the levels offers great views of the city and opportunities for some good photos of Edinburgh castle and Calton hill. Be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Well preserved and truly magnificent, a fitting tribute to the great man. We didn't have time to do the climb upbut will do that another year.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Steep climb up, in places, narrow stairs to access various levels of the monument. Wonderful views over Princes Street and the rest of the city and well worth the entrance money. Maybe best to try to avoid the busiest of times to avoid the crowds negotiating the narrow stairs.

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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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