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Scott Monument

Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland (Bruntsfield)
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Ranked #32 of 209 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Monuments/ Statues
Description: A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Its not going to be easy as there is a lot of climbing and walking involved and the place is kind of narrow and dark but the things to see around are impressive and is totally worth the time. The displays are at different levels and each excelling in its charm and beauty. You need to devote a bit of... More

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

£4 to go up - but you get a certificate to say you managed it! Wonderful views from the top, but a bit of a squeeze. Someone told us a Welsh rugby player got stuck at the top last year -- I can believe it! Don't try it if you are too large, or breathing problems, otherwise go for it,... More

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a great excursion if you have a few hours to spare although a word of a advice - don't visit this after walking around Edinburgh all day - I did this and regretted it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This amazing structure -- 120 steps with amazing views--- is a wonderful Edinburgh landmark located by our hotel, the Balmoral. The architecture of the monument is fascinating. Sir Walter Scott's presence could be felt everywhere from the monument to the collections at Edinburgh Castle to his home in Abbotsford. Free, be sure to stop and see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Walking up the steps wound up being an adventure in and of itself. Be aware that the passageways are quite narrow, and in spots it will be impossible for folks meeting whilst traveling in opposite directions to pass each other. Also be aware it can be rather exerting. However, with multiple levels to stop at and see the fantastic views,... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I have lived in Edinburgh for two years and have always meant to do this but could never quite be bothered. I heard rumours that it was very expensive but it really wasn't. This monument is really good fun, particularly in August. You can see all sorts of performers from the top and the view is great. I have a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

Definitely worth popping up the 287 steps to catch the different perspective you see of Princes St., the gardens, the Castle, Calton Hill. Looking like a dormant Thunderbird 3, the Monument is a gothic vantage point not to be missed. The stairs get smaller the higher you go and you must have a head for heights! A fabulous way to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Visited the monument as soon as it opened at 10, which was great as we didn't meet anybody coming down the 287 steps as we climbed to the top. There are 3 balcony areas to rest in between the climb, where you will have some wonderful views of Edinburgh and out as far as the Forth Railway Bridge. Some people... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit. You get an incredible view of the city and surroundings. There are several levels on the way up with things to see in and out of the building, My only worry was that it gets a tad claustrophobic at the top and is very high if you have an issue with heights. Fab... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Amazing monument. A very nice touch for the Princes Street gardens. I went during sunset and it looked even better. It is not the typical monument we are used to see. A must be seen.

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