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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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Beautiful monument with outstanding views of the city

Really liked visiting the Scott monument. It was one of the first ornate structures we saw as we left Waverley station. The climb was enough to cause dizziness but it was well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Really liked visiting the Scott monument. It was one of the first ornate structures we saw as we left Waverley station. The climb was enough to cause dizziness but it was well worth it when you get to the top. Would love to go back again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

The Garden surrounding the area is beautiful. Though we didnt buy the tickets to the top of the monument, we enjoyed few hours in the garden, where there are lot of birds and peace .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I lived in Edinburgh for 2 years and never climbed it. Went back for a holiday with friends and we decided to do it. I cant believe I waited so long. The views from the top are amazing, you can see right down Princes street in both directions with great views of Calton Hill. There are a lot of stairs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The climb isn't too bad it just gets very tight at the very top. Definitely worth climbing because the views were spectacular. Disappointed out of the 4 information points only 1 was working.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We were told that there was 287 steps to the top, they are definitely worth the climb the view from all floors of the monument are fantastic and give you a great view of Edinburgh and the Castle in the distance. From different sides you can see Prince Street and the gardens. At £4 each it is also an affordable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Living in Edinburgh for 6 years I have spent quite a bit of time admiring the monument from afar - you can capture great photos from most angles and surrounding streets/gardens. I'm not a fan of small confined spaces and stairs - particularly spiraling and narrowing stairs. So finally on a sunny day I managed to pluck up the courage... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Stunning monument that deserves a good look over for a few moments when beneath before entering just to appreciate the efforts made. The architect George Miekle Kemp never got to see it completed as he fell into the canal and drowned on his way home so we should take the opportunity! Remember to take your camera as the views over... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Nice monument in a park on Princes Street in Copenhagen, across the street from our hotel. Well worth the visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

At the end of a long day around Edinburgh,we came to see the Scott monument and were surprised to see people at the top. For 4 pounds you too can climb the 287 steps, in three stages with viewing area between each stage. The stairs are narrow, winding and can get very tight. Luckily it was the end of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Growing up in Edinburgh I have climbed the monument many times - but I was younger then! It is a challenging climb - 287 steps up a steep narrow winding staircase. However there are a few viewing platforms where you can catch your breath and admire the view over Edinburgh. Like the Sydney Opera House, this monument to Scottish writer... More 

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Address: Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-529-4068
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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.