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Scott Monument, Edinburgh

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A dark Gothic spire that towers above the Princes Street Gardens, Scott Monument pays homage to the author Sir Walter Scott. The dark color is not an intended effect, but comes from smoke stains--cleaning the spire would damage the stonework beneath the stains. Pay a fee to climb 287 steps to a viewing platform. The highest platform provides panoramic views over Edinburgh and acts as a counterpoint to Arthur's Seat. To visit Scott Monument on your trip to Edinburgh, use our Edinburgh holiday maker app .
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  • Quick tour, the children did not pay. Arriving at the final stretch the staircase becomes narrower and it gives a little claustrophobic, but we loved the views. I highly recommend it.
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  • Well you simply cannot miss this monument to Scotland's greatest writer Sir Walter Scott. There is a small statue of the writer surrounded by a grandiose structure in black sandstone. The stonework is...  more »
  • A fun thing to do! Such a funky sight and out teenager was very interested in climbing to the top. As you make your way to the top there are different levels to stop and enjoy the views. You'll be man...  more »
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  • Great Scott! This monumental memorial rivals that of Lincoln’s and Washington’s, quite fitting for the man who rediscovered the royal jewels of Scotland, wrote the stories that captured the ethos of the nation, and regained the glory of Scotland. 5£ to climb to the top. The stairs get pretty narrow.
  • Now, this is one heck of a building in multiple aspects. It is cheap to enter, only costing £5 to enter. The steps are steep with the Chambers getting narrower as you reach the high point but there are multiple levels for people to take a break and take in the views. The building is beautiful, dedicated to Sir Walter Scott. The building is distinct, being 61 metres high and of a different style than both New Town and Old Town. There is a room in the middle of the first floor about Walter Scott in the monument. It is easy to walk to, being at most 20-30 minutes away from the outskirts of the New Town and Old town. There is no wheelchair accessibility at all in the building.
  • Great climb for views of the castle and city. Multiple levels offer areas to take a break from climbing steps. My 4 year old son loved it even though my wife was worried about the narrow and steep staircase the whole way up and down. The staircase to go up is the same to go down and some areas are only wide enough for one body, but on a busy day you may have to squeeze past somebody in those areas. Even with the lack of personal space in the staircase I rate this a 5 star because overall it was fun and the views were fantastic.
  • I found this building to be structurally fascinating. I'm still sad 3 days later that we did not get to go up in it since we got there too late. It's location is very central & it's very tall so I can only imagine the views must be great.
  • Great way to centre yourself as you can see the peak for miles. Great pics of the monument and surroundings. You only need 5 minutes.

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