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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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The Scott Monument is probably the first thing you notice when leaving the Waverley train station. It will be to the left when you leave the station onto Princes Street. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The Scott Monument is probably the first thing you notice when leaving the Waverley train station. It will be to the left when you leave the station onto Princes Street. The architecture is amazing and you will take too many pictures of it...lol

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Europeans simply know how to do monuments well and this is another example. The monument is massive and rather ornate. It is right on the very busy Princes Street and is surrounded by tourists all of the time. Get outside early when the sun is coming up in order to get a photo without people in it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

So beautiful. So tall!! Don't just look at it from a distance. Go up to it, it is amazing. You will not regret it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The Scott Monument built in the memory of Sir Walter Scott is the middle of Princes Street opposite Jenners Department Store. You can climb to the top, where the steps become very narrow. Fantastic views of Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle can be had. Well worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Quite nice -effortless- 360 views of the city! Unfortunately, the person at the ticket sales was very rude. You are given a certificate (just a piece of paper!) that certifies that you made it to the top of the monument. Since we were 2, we asked for 2 certificates (we paid for 2 tickets!). His answer was just a rude... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Some of the Best Views of the city can be found by climbing the Scott Monument. Inexpensive and captivating. Not for the faint of heart, there are lots of narrow dark spiral stairs to clim but they are broken up in to 4 different segments so that helps!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

If you have climbed towers in Italy - the Duomo or Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, The Torre del Mangia in Siena, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa - then the Scott Monument is a piece of cake at only 287 steps. It is a very narrow tower and passing people is an exercise in seeing how flat against the wall... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely monument. Take pictures. For the money, you get to go 287 (if memory serves) steps up a VERY tight and VERY narrow and VERY low spiral staircase that accommodates (or tries to) two-way traffic. A good workout. Oh, I'm half jesting, but I was huffing and puffing and there's better views at the Castle, Calton Hill and the Scottish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Well it has over 200 steps to the top in ever decreasingly spiral stairs but the view at the top is fantastic. A 360 view of the city and a great view over to the castle. Well worth the £4. And much better than the poor attempt at an "Edinburgh Eye" next to it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

At £4 for admission this attraction is very reasonably priced. Admission allows you to go to the top of the monument via the internal stairs via a number of viewing platforms. The first floor also includes a small room with information detailing a little about Scott and also the architect which constructed the monument, From the top the views over... More 

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Address: Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-529-4068
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Princes Street and Gardens

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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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