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Scott Monument

Princes Street | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
+44 131 510 7555
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A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Princes Street | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
Princes Street and Gardens
+44 131 510 7555
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Had been in Edinburgh many times but had never ascended the Scott Monument. Spur of the moment decision to do so while visiting the Christmas market. This Gothic-style monument is climbed via sets of circular stairs which get quite narrow at the top! Views over...More

Thank Stravaiger100
Reviewed 4 days ago

I climbed to the top, but my husband turned around at the second level. He is terrified of heights and small spaces, and this monument has both. I loved it though. The blackened stone of the monument creates a haunting mood--even in bright sunlight. The...More

Thank Mrs_Kenobi
Reviewed 5 days ago

You won't miss the memorial which is on Princes Street and was surrounded by poppies during our visit.

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything in Edinburgh is steeped in history, the monument is just one of many wonderful, historical things to see. Around every corner there are interesting buildings, fantastic parks and other great historical sights.

Thank leenBrisbane
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the effort for the view that you get from the top of the tower. Great information given before you climb the stairs. Recommended

Thank thepassmanYork
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don't mind climbing a few steps and hills this is amazing. The views of the city and out to Leith, Arthurs Seat and Holyrood Palace are just stunning!!

Thank Grainne O
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a must visit for us along with other icons like Robbie Burns birthplace at Alloway and Robert de Bruce and William Wallace monuments at Stirling. The huge monument to Sir Walter Scott dominates the skyline on Princes street. We visited before Remembrance day...More

Thank beheaded c
Reviewed 1 week ago

287 steps so not for the fain hearted ,Great views of the city if you are fit enough for the challenge

Thank Angela A
Reviewed 1 week ago

This monument is simply huge. We walked around it several different days and times as we were exploring the area. It is near the train station and a festival just ended so Ferris wheel was still up. You can pay to enter and climb up...More

Thank Ron B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One can probably see enough of this monument by just passing by. But if you are a hard core Sir Walter Scott devotee you will want to stop and examine the gorgeous, larger-than-life bronze sculpture more closely and even sit awhile as you read from...More

Thank GrandmaM59
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
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Kiki T
19 November 2017|
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Response from ThisIsMyOpinion2 | Reviewed this property |
I am not aware of any Banksy artwork near this monument. If I knew what it looked like then maybe I could say whether I've seen it recently......
Lorraine S
24 October 2017|
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Response from AnthonypJ1105GU | Reviewed this property |
At the little door at the base of the monument facing the castle