Mons Meg

Mons Meg, Edinburgh: Address, Mons Meg Reviews: 4/5

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Neighborhood: Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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JoannaKatee94
Chester, UK4 contributions
Big beauty
Oct 2021 • Couples
Would recommend anyone that gets chance to visit this monster! I’ve never seen one so big! And the views from around her WOW! The balls lay next to here are huge and there is information points available explaining how she came about and when/why she was used!
Written October 10, 2021
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,073 contributions
A Cannon On A Grand Scale
Aug 2020
This magnificent piece is situated at the top of Edinburgh Castle looking out over the battlements towards the Firth of Forth. Given the scale it is hard to imagine that it was ever moved let alone used in anger. However, reading the background it once was moved over 50 miles in 1460 at an average rate of 3 miles per day by oxen under the control of troops commanded by King James the Second of Scotland. Indeed the gun remained operational until 1681, when the barrel finally burst.
Written February 4, 2021
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daesquiv
Gdansk, Poland635 contributions
Impressive canon
Aug 2020
This is one big cannon that, for the standards back then was the most powerful weapon used in the old days. With it's 20 inch diameter barrel you can see the cannon balls next to it and have an idea of the firepower it had.
Written August 9, 2020
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Gaurav C
New Delhi, India3,089 contributions
Beast
Mar 2019
having a barrel diameter of 20 inches this is certainly one of the largest canons in the world..It was rendered unusable when its barrel burst ..It is displayed withing the Edinburgh castle..It definitely stands out from the others
Written February 9, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia33,737 contributions
Impressive!
Oct 2018
Mons Meg is quite an impressive cannon. It is located within the confines of Edinburgh Castle, which means you need to get a ticket to enter. The cannon was manufactured in the middle of the 15th century and was used mainly during sieges. This continued for around a hundred years or so, when it was redeployed for ceremonial occasions only. It was used in this way for some time until it was damaged during a ceremony and it could not be used any longer. It was moved to London for a while but was returned to its rightful place where it remains. It is very popular with visitors, as we witnessed ourselves! Worth a look, if only to satisfy one's curiosity.
Written September 1, 2019
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,565 contributions
An impressive cannon!
May 2019 • Family
Mons Meg has not been fired for centuries but it is far more magnificent than the more cannons located around the castle including the one used for the One O'clock gun.

As well as the gun there are also some of the huge cannonballs used in it. I would not want to be the person responsible for putting that into the gun!
Written May 11, 2019
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ranjanapathak
Orlando, FL1,446 contributions
Cannon
Aug 2018 • Friends
It is a big medieval bombard canon used in earlier days during war time. If you go to visit the Castle, you will find it and can have your photo shoot here. It has been named Mons Meg as the place of its origin is Mons, Hainault, Wallonia.
Written December 31, 2018
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA27,300 contributions
The most powerful medieval weapon
Sep 2018 • Couples
For those who have keen interest in military history, the mighty Mona Meg canon will be an exciting sight to see. She was an ultimate weapon of mass destruction in her age against rebellious troops attacking Edinburgh and had no competitors.
Written November 1, 2018
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Anita
Scunthorpe, UK1,196 contributions
Its a big cannon...
Oct 2018 • Couples
Yes its a rather large cannon but I have to be honest it didn't have the wow effect. No doubt is impressive engineering for its age with an impressive range.
Written October 29, 2018
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Pittsburgh, PA36,245 contributions
Impressive
Sep 2018 • Couples
This cannon is located inside Edinburgh Castle. That means you have to pay castle admission to view it. It is a very large impressive cannon.
Written October 9, 2018
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