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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 #30 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
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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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Kirriemuir
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

It's quite a climb up very narrow steps. Not so good when you meet someone coming the opposite direction. The views are brilliant. You can see the views from all round the monument. The steps stop several times on the way up to let you view round. Best not to go on a windy day as it's very cold up... More

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Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Totally unexpected, but you can climb up the inside of this to a small gallery. I am sure the view is worth it, however on the day we visited the sleet was coming in horizontally at the top and I felt more like Jack Hawkins on the bridge of the Compass Rose than anything else. But, and this is very... More

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East Yorkshire
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14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Wear sensible shoes! The climb is 287 steps high, with four viewing platforms which give you an almost 360 degree view at each level. Definitely not for anyone who easily gets dizzy (it's a continuous spiral) or claustrophobic (it gets very tight towards the top - I am 5ft6 and 10.5 stone and I wished I had not had the... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Built in the 19th Century in honour of Sir Walter Scott, the Scott Monument now offers great views in all directions from the city centre. The stairs are quite steep and very narrow in places, so not suitable for everyone, and best to hope you don't encounter anyone coming the other way. It was really windy on the day we... More

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Cardiff
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Such a beautiful gothic building. Only £4 entrance which I thought was really good! Narrow spiral stair case all the way to the top consisting of 287 steps and with a few viewing platforms with a little museum room half way. We made it to the top but it was quite a windy day so we didnt stay up there... More

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Very high and harsh on the legs. Managed to reach the second viewing platform couldn't manage right to the top. Definitely would recommend when visiting Edinburgh, spectacular views.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a great, short activity to do that provides wonderful views right from the center of Edinburgh. Personally, I found the climb very easy because every 50 to 100 steps you enter a viewing level in the monument where you can take in the scenery from 360 degrees before you keep climbing. Word of caution though: the stairwell at... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Me & my partner decided to climb the steps to gain a breathtaking view of the city. The steps are narrow and as you get to the top they are difficult I get through, i was slightly anxious on the last climb as they were so so narrow!! My partner a 6"4 lump of a man got his shoulders stuck... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Me and my partner go to the top! He got a touch of vertigo but the views are worth the leg ache from the stair climbing. Beautiful little chapel room inside the tower too.

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Perth, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Great view of Edinburgh, worth the walk up ALL the stairs! Please note it is very tight squeeze up the top so if your on the larger side you may find it a tight fit!

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