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Scott Monument

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Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: Princes Street Gardens | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-529-4068

A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.

A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.

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Gothic Monument

Old but gold and gothic as well!! Nice monument and very picturistic. But the gothic part of it is wonderful!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Zahle, Lebanon
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Zahle, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Old but gold and gothic as well!! Nice monument and very picturistic. But the gothic part of it is wonderful!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Edinburgh loves Walter Scott, and loves the tower erected to his memory. You can't miss it! It's the blackened Gothic edifice towering over Princes Street Gardens and clearly visible from the bus tour stops. And, indeed, every tour commentary will point it out and tell you that you can climb to the top for amazing views over Edinburgh. We didn't,... More 

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Dunbar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

worth a visit for locals and tourists alike . not for the unfit as theres a substantial amount of steep narrow stairs. children love it for the adventure. good view from the top . choose a dry day (if poss !)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful monument within the gardens, not necessary to see up close but worth a wonder around the gardens to enjoy the scenery

Thank Claire H
Oceanside, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a wonderful monument. The views are fantastic. Lots of stairs but worth the climb. I highly recommend seeing this site.

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You will pass by the monument when you go to Princes Street. It is a really nice gothic architecture and you can climb it, if you want. It is the largest monument to a writer in the world.

Thank E8709
Franklin, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What gorgeous views from the top of the 287 steps. Yes, 287, so be prepared for a lot of stairs. It has such a gothic appearance against the skyline and looks so picturesque in the background of pictures.

Thank 1969kelly1990
Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Scott Monument offers a great panoramic view across Edinburgh. The climb is not so bad and there are viewing stops en route to the top! Although it gets narrower as you get nearer the top. I get vertigo but was able to cope with the spiral as I climbed up. Well worth the effort.

Thank Sue L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is bigger than I thought. Very cool place to visit. Sits right off of Princess Street. The grounds surrounding it are beautiful and well keeped. Always people sitting arounding it, therefor you cant easily take picture of just the monument.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I did this just so i could say i did it. The climb is up a never ending spiral in 4 stages. The final stage is narrow and when you emerge to soak up the view you realize you are very high up and looking out to Arthur's Seat, the town of Edinburgh at all its extremities. It's worth the... 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.
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