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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
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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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Over Hogmanay old meets new

The Scott Monument was surronded by markets, bands, and rides. Seems like, given its size, that it was dwarfed by everything going on around it. Most folks would walk past and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Burnaby, Canada
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Burnaby, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Scott Monument was surronded by markets, bands, and rides. Seems like, given its size, that it was dwarfed by everything going on around it. Most folks would walk past and not give it any notice.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful monument dedicated to Sir Walter Scott. Spectacular views of Edinburgh requiring a demanding climb of almost 300 steps through extremely narrow stairwell. Rewarding for those physically fit to reach the final platform.

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Washington state
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So cool and unique - big fan! It is an impressive monument but the "pop up fair" around it during the holidays takes away from the 'coolness' factor.

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

its huge! and you can climb it! very narrow step costs £5 to climb it but it offers good views of the area.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really recommended if you want an unrivalled view of the Edinburgh skyline. We were lucky enough to be one of the last visitors allowed up the monument that day, which meant we saw the sunset and also weren't crushed in the tiny spiral staircase of 287 STEPS! Need to be fit and just warning you that it gets a bit... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Kind of reminded me a lot of the Albert monument in London, though a lot dirtier from all the pollution of many decades of princes street upon it, this could hold so much potential if it was cleaned up, it would look great! I know Edinburgh does try to portray this image of an old town, and maybe this monument... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tallest monument to an author, the climb all the way to the top can be difficult for some folks given that there's not always a railing and passing can be tricky. If you can get past that, the views are astounding, and worth the effort!

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Even with the Christmas market and rides all around it, the Scott Monument can still be seen from all around. It's beautiful, and I would love to go there when the wind is a bit kinder, and the ferris wheel is not there. Great meeting up spot, too - impossible to miss!

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Looks really impressive from the outside It's something amazing to look at Will probably try to go up next time, didn't have time this time.

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Stockholm
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great gothic monument on Princes Street that is not very accessible and is at the present time (over Xmas and New Year) anyway dwarfed by the ugly 'Eye' type of ferris wheel.

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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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