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We missed the opening times of the Scott Monument on Princes Street in Edinburgh by about 20 minutes, but it was still worth the walk over to see it. First off, it's huge, and a testament to how seriously these Scots take their literature. We...More
Allocated “tour guide” slots if 30 minutes.
First floor about 90 steps up where you go into a “museum” and the guide gives you a talk and some history then your free to wander around and explore take picture etc
Next level up your kind...More
One of the biggest monuments i have ever see. Its in the centre of Edinburgh. Huge, beautiful with a great architecture. You cant miss it. A lot of buses arrive in front of it. Ask me anything about Edinburgh.
You have to pay for a "tour", which consists of being shepherded up and down some (very) narrow spiral stairs with a bit of explanation of who Sir Walter Scott provided at the first level landing, where there is a small exhibition area.
One cannot fail to be impressed by the 61m high Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scot (his books included Rob Roy and Ivanhoe) Completed in 1846 the monument, on Princes Street, is blackish in colour giving it an eerie beauty. The spire...More
Booked a tour as I walked up. Staff were very friendly.
There are four areas to view, but only three have been view able to the public (due to the nature of the building and the stairs). To the first floor there are some 90odd...More
Had been to Edinburgh recently and had a great time walking in the city centre. The Princes Street garden is a great place for a walk and the Edinburgh castle can be viewed nicely from here.
In the gardens is the Scott monument. It's not...More
On Princes street, this 200 foot Gothic monument was erected in 1844, after 12 years of planning and toil. It can be climbed through spiral staircases to enjoy 360 views of central Edinburgh. Made of Carrara marble, it includes a seated statue of the author...More
We'd passed by the monument many times on our visits to Edinburgh though had never booked a tour until our most recent trip. I would have to say we were very pleased that we did as this is an absolute gem, full of history and...More
The Scott Monument is one of the things you shouldn't miss while in Edinburgh. This Gothic treasure was built on the south side of Princes Street in 1832. The weathered and stained sandstone structure is iconic and, to me, symbolizes the city. This monument was...More
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.
hi entrance is £5 see info below.
There are 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside. Find out about Sir Walter Scott and the... More
hi entrance is £5 see info below.
There are 287 steps to the top of the Scott Monument, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside. Find out about Sir Walter Scott and the monument in the museum room.
During adverse weather conditions (high winds especially) please check our Twitter feed @EdinCulture before travelling as the monument may be closed at short notice for safety reasons.
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