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Scott Monument

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Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
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E. Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank V6669ZUnatalies
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank giannis a
Reviewed 1 week ago

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. For me...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Me-from-the-UK
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Andrew081
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank SerenKimbo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Bejoy P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Gabriel H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank EGM68
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: October 2019
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April 16, 2018|
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Response from dolcevita892 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, probably about 30-40 minutes maximum.
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November 18, 2017|
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Response from ThisIsMyOpinion2 | Reviewed this property |
Thanks for getting back to me. Apologies for delay. I have asked people in my group and have thought about it too, but unfortunately it doesn't ring any bells sorry. Hope you find it
October 24, 2017|
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Response from frank1e | Reviewed this property |
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
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