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Scott Monument

Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland (Bruntsfield)
44-131-529-4068
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Ranked #31 of 207 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 August 28, 2014 NEW

The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the largest monument to a writer in the world. Opening Times: April through September: Monday to Sunday 10am - 7pm October through March: Monday to Sunday 10am - 4pm; last admission 3.30pm. Fees: 4 pounds Climb 287 steps to the top for a different... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Built as a tribute to Sir Walter Scott, this is a very beautiful and imposing piece of architecture.It was the setting for part of an Ian Rankin "Inspector Rebus" novel.It costs £4 to enter and there are a series of 4 viewing platforms and 287 spiral staircase steps inside taking you to the top. One of the middle platforms has... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I didn't manage the final set of steps, but this was still worth the £4. The views are incredible and the structure itself is great.

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Keizer, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Scott Monument is in Princes Street Gardens and is a Victorian Gothic Tower to honor the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. For a few pounds you can climb the 287 steps to the top viewing platform for beautiful views of the city. You even get a certificate if you make it. There are three other platforms that have nice... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Scott monument is located inside the Princes Street Gardens, it is a very imposing monument and very tall. Worth it to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

My husband and I were walking around edinburgh on our first vacation day and came upon this monument after he saw it in the distance and wanted to get closer. Then we realized you could walk to the top, so we paid the low entrance fee and began. The steps spiral upward and in some places about 18" to 24"(my... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The festival was on so there was plenty of activity around this monument. It is a very impressive structure but the number of steps to the top was a little daunting. Leave it to the younger ones. This is very good for photos and the entertainment around at this time is very good as is in all parts of this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is a great attraction and landmark in Edinburgh. The sad part is I had lived in Edinburgh 6 months before I realised you could climb up it! It's great - and cheap too (£3.50ish if I remember correctly) you will get out of breath climbing up all the steps but it's worth it when you get there!! Take a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Here's a fair homage to a poet, because words have an important role in Mankind! A monument to the Scottish poet Sir Walter Scott, one of the most prominent man in Scotland. It's a spiral tower with about 300 steps. When you arrive at the top, you'll see poetry as you will manage to see Edinburgh in an amazing perspective.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

287 steps and a £4 entry fee - an amazing experience and perspective of Edinburgh. The top of the Scott Monument (which I nicknamed the 'Sagrada Familia') is reached by 3 different stages of narrow spiral staircases, that get considerably tighter as you go up. If you are a large or claustrophobic person, then this could well prove a challenge.... More

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