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Scott Monument

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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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BREATH TAKING !!!

It was amazing, best 5 pounds I've every spent! If you're afraid of highs or tight spaces this isn't for you! If you're not afraid, DO IT! There is a beautiful panoramic view... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was amazing, best 5 pounds I've every spent! If you're afraid of highs or tight spaces this isn't for you! If you're not afraid, DO IT! There is a beautiful panoramic view of Edinburgh!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Scots love their writers! This is a gorgeous monument that you really can't miss if you have any business (read that catching a bus, etc.) down on Waverley Bridge. It is impressive!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Climbing this monument was as hard as I had expected. There are 4 different levels so you only have to go part of the way up each time. Just be wary if you are clausterphobic as the last set of stairs to the top gets very narrow!! But the views are well worth it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It really stands out, specially the contrast between the white statue and the black (natural colour or dirt?) Monument. The view from many sides is stunning

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You see it easily on Princess Street. It was built to honor Sir Walter Scott - a famous writer in Scotland. It is the biggest monument built for a writer in the world.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The views across the skyline of Edinburgh are fantastic. The access to the viewing platforms is via spiral staircases which add to the experience. However they are very narrow and get narrower the higher you rise. I don't recommend it to people who don't like cramped spaces as passing people in the stairs is difficult and there is no system... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in Edinburgh. When you get off the train... it's right there... Depending on what exit you come out of. There is usually a bag pipe player near by and the Sunset photo with this monument in them are priceless (if you are fortunate enough to get to see the sun while there)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Scott Monument is a beautiful architectural structure situated in Princes Street Gardens.The Scott Monument is a stunning spire-like Victorian, Gothic architecture memorial erected in honor of the writer Sir Walter Scott, with 287 steps. This is classic and a very popular tourist attraction in Edinburgh. Gorgeous monument and certainly worth a visit. There is a small park where you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice views and a little bit of history but handy to be short if your heading for the top. Some would say £5 per person is a little steep as are the stairs for the less fit. Good if you up for the climb but if now there is other cheaper places to get a better view of Edinburgh. Was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Takes a great spot on Princess street and is a good place to find your bearings. The monument is a lovely piece a construction and the statue of Scott sits in a grand posture.

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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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