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Scott Monument

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Address: Princes Street | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-529-4068
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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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Stairs. Lots of stairs.

If you enjoy climbing old buildings then you'll love this. There are several "levels" from which to look out over the city, each connected by winding and sometimes very tight... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you enjoy climbing old buildings then you'll love this. There are several "levels" from which to look out over the city, each connected by winding and sometimes very tight stone stairwells. The views are awesome, and you feel very free - there isn't that much between you and the open air like there is in many other tall buildings.... More 

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Lakeside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just a beautiful monument with a statue of Mr. Scott himself. You can walk to the top if you want. It is not far from where you catch the Edinburgh bus tours on Waverly street.Lots of other things to see in this area also. There is no charge to view the monument.

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Thank Laura B
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sir Walter Scott's novels helped trigger a wave of British nationalism and also helped inspire the Gothic Revival style of the mid 19th Century. Scott's influence was across the British speaking world and beyond. The whole chivalric code of the southern United States emanated from Scott's novels. Gothic Revival buildings appeared across the British Empire and the values of the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is nice place to sit and have a ice cream. Always full of life and a posh restaurant near by. On sunny days with must be the best place to go to.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A huge tower with Scott sculpture beneath. It's not something you need to set aside time for, but you dare not leave the city before passing in front and gazing up at its magnificence.

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Rutland, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Climb the 287 steps for the BEST view of Princes Street and the Castle. The steps are mostly steep and narrow, up spiral stone staircases, mostly without handrails but you can squeeze past people going in the other direction - as long as they are not taking selfies! Shout "Coming up!" or Coming down!". Just amazing views from the top... More 

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Gloucestershire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited Edinburgh a few times now and decided to go up Scouts Monument to check out the view! It is £5pp. We went on a very windy day! It was so windy that I'm not entirely sure it was safe! But, it did kind of add to the experience! There are a few levels you can climb, so... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fun to climb and awesome views from every level! The monument goes up higher than we expected but we thought the view from the very top was well worth it.

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Thank yoderka2
France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didn't go up the tower but the monument by itself cannot be missed when in Edinburgh. It's like a lighthouse and if lost, just look up for it and you find you way round.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I enjoyed sitting by this monument, enjoying the park, the rolling lawns, & the view of the castle, very relaxing although it's on the main street

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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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