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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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My favorite attraction in Edinburgh

Climbing to the top of the Scott Monument was a great experience. The 360° view at the top is breathtaking. One can see ships on the North Sea and look down at New Town at the... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Climbing to the top of the Scott Monument was a great experience. The 360° view at the top is breathtaking. One can see ships on the North Sea and look down at New Town at the same time. Bring a jacket, it is very windy at the top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a beautiful monument to a great writer it's very very impressive I would have loved to have climbed to the top, I don't mind heights and have climbed many towers before but I decided that at the age of seventy four the 287 steps were just too many

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a monument to Sir Walter Scott a much admired writer. He did a great deal to make Scotland appealing to English visitors at that time It can be seen form great distances but is worth a close up visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazingly beautiful structure, quite mesmerising. Beautifully built with intricate stone & wood work. Tight narrow stone steps for 4 floors, gets very narrow & enclosed towards the top but definitely worth a visit. A fiver per person

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Notice this monument since my friend and I arrived in Edinburgh. We walked down the street to take in our first glimpse of Edinburgh. Stopped at the monument and read it's history, very interesting. Looked up and noticed people up there. Unfortunately, I didn't have the guts to go up. Looking at the entrance, I knew it was a bit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As I approached this dominant feature I initially thought it was a relic of bombing in WW2, but no, it is a famous monument that just needs a good scrub. From Australia, I am unfamiliar with the depressing pollution of your lovely cities and sympathise with the frustration the city fathers must feel trying to keep your monuments and buildings... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This monument was gorgeous with the added bonus of having a way to see the best views of Edinburgh. The stairs inside are very narrow and somewhat scary, but worth taking the time to get to the top.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Growing up in Edinburgh I climbed the (anecdotally) 365 steps past four levels to the best view of this prince of cities anywhere (except, maybe, Arthur's Seat). I had forgotten the claustrophobic near vertical wedge shaped stairs curling up inside the columns. I had forgotten that this monument is 200 feet high! At each of the four levels were opportunities... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We didn't make the climb up to the tower, but stopped to appreciate this remarkable monument several times. Quite impressive and worth a stop to add to your depth of understanding of Scotland's history and her significant historical figures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Definitely worth the 287 step climb. There are multiple levels to stop along the way to rest and the view just gets better with each level. Panoramic views of all of Edinburgh. A must do attraction when visiting Edinburgh.

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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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