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Scott Monument

Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland (Old Town)
44-131-529-4068
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Ranked #25 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Owner description: A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Owner description: A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This was a great climb. For a small fee you can go to the top (or stop on the first or second tier) walk out and see the views down or across town. Steep circular climb. Needed to "unwind" when we got to the bottom. Challenging but not difficult. Highly recommend.

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Blue Point, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

There are 287 steps to the top of the monument. The staircase gets narrower the higher you go, so it can be a little claustrophobic. It's worth it though. You get a great view, and learn a little bit about this famous author.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We recently visited Edinburgh for a long weekend to enjoy the christmas markets, whilst there we decided to climb to the top of the Scott Monument, the building is stunning and the views from the top across the city are incredible well worth the winding staircases. And for only £4 a bargain.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Amazing architecture ..located in the heart of the city..you can go there for the monument then you go shopping. Or enjoy walking and listening to scottish music players all the way (i dont know what they're called). We didnt go up the monument because we didnt have time but I think it's worth it next time.

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Northern Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

If you are in Princess Street and miss the Scott Monument it is time for a visit to Spec Savers it is huge even after seeing it for years it still seems so tall. Never tried the (287) steps, two reasons the steps but the main one you have to pay not good when you are more than a little... More 

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Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Great if you like steps (287 of them) and a certificate to prove you've done it. Round and round and round you go, great views from the top, when your head stops spinning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The Scott monument is a very impressive piece of architecture and the view from the top is amazing though it is a very steep climb. The surrounding gardens are at the moment filled with the most amazing Christmas Fair. Fabulous seasonal stalls selling high quality goods, great food and mulled cider and most magically the open air ice skating rink.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Huge memorial with great views from top. Very narrow, especially at the highest level and it's almost impossible for 2 people to fit (while one is coming down and other is going up). The views are breathtaking and worth paying the fee (can't remember how much was it). All in all a must visit and especially going up to the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument dedicated to the writer Sir Walter Scott and is regarded as the largest monument to a writer in the world. It stands opposite Jenners department store on Princes Street and is difficult to miss as it has been described as a gothic rocket ship.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

For the £4 entry fee you pay, the Scott monument is a good way to get a nice view of the city. We got some lovely photos at the top. However this isn't for everyone its quite a scary climb to the top with narrow spiral staircase that only has room for single file but has to accommodate people going... More 

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