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Scott Monument

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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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Amazing Architecture

285 steps to the top of the Scott Monument to enjoy the most amazing scenery of Edinburgh.The spiral ladder is a bit challenging because it's so small and there is the only way to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Great view from the top. We were lucky and had a good clear day and could see for miles. On the first level there is a small room with information about the man and his life. Worth the £4 entry fee. Can be claustrophobic the stairways are very narrow and steep and wind around very tight. If you are of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

285 steps to the top of the Scott Monument to enjoy the most amazing scenery of Edinburgh.The spiral ladder is a bit challenging because it's so small and there is the only way to go up and down at the same time. The architecture are amazing, worth to buy a ticket and walk up for it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

we had spent 5 days in the highlands and coming into the town felt claustraphic. This momunment is not too expensive, can be done fairly quickly if you only have a short amout of time in Edingurgh. There are 4 floors but if the small staicase is hardgoing for you - floor 3 is high enoough. the gothic details are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Climbed the monument today, and for only £4 go give it a go, the higher you go the tighter it gets. Views are brilliant and the climb isn't that bad. Well worth the £4 go give it a try

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If you can get all the way to the top you'll get amazing views all across Edinburgh, still good views even if you don't! The stairwells are fairly small though, and might be a tight fit for some people. Also a lot of stairs which could be hard. Overall a really great experience which I'd fully recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We chose to visit the Scott Monument on our last day in Edinburgh and we are so glad we did. It's a good work out - I'll give you that! It gets very narrow towards the top but I'm not very slim shall we say and my boyfriend and I are both quiet tall but it was fine, you just... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The amazing architecture can be seen from all around the city. It's worth an up close look so you can truly take in the beauty. I wasn't able to go up because it was closed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

285 steps to the most amazing scenery Edinburgh has to offer. Fantastic views from Princes Street to Fife. What an amazing climb to the top definitely worth the challenge. It is very narrow in parts but that is part of the challenge and only £4 for adults kids go free or at least my son did.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Situated on princes street. It has the most impressive views of Edinburgh from the top. It is not for the faint hearted. As there is hundreds of steps to the top & the stairwell gets narrower as you get closer to the top. It is recommended to take water up with you as it is tiring walking up so many... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I was recommended this by a large friend as a joke. But I really enjoyed it. The scots Monument can be seen from nearly ever part of Edinburgh. It's the grey, black building in between Princes Street and the Gardens. About £4 adult entrance fee, you'll get given a little well put together certificate which I thought was a flyer.... More 

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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.