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Scott Monument, Edinburgh

(4.3/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web)
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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Edinburgh holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Scott Monument and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Very nice view of orders from above. Our társaságunkból only men have to go up, they think it's worth the effort. From the bottom of a great sight of the lace building, you might want to relax in the surrounding park.
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  • Wonderful monument with four terraces at various heights. the view is sublime! It's really fascinating to climb the narrow stairs and discover time time details and new and increasingly beautiful views ... only accorgimento...la tower at the top is accessible only by a steep ladder so tight that barely moves a person. and I'm skinny ... slanted as well!! If sio finds someone drops are really trouble!!!
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  • Visited the Scott Monument this afternoon whilst on a day trip to Edinburgh with my daughter. I was keen to climb to the top of the monument, but sadly my daughter didn't share the same enthusiasm, so...  more »
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  • We'' myself my partner and daughter had 2 days in the capital just roaming the streets and the city's historic land, we had been sitting at one of the many small kiosks selling all kinds of food' when my partner said let's go up the Scott Monument whoa!!! A rush of fear 😱 went through me like being locked in a dark unknown room by myself, anyway we went up' I got to the first level spent some time using the phones in the museum with my daughter and having a laugh, then went out outside to take in the extremely wonderful view's and that's when it happened!! VERTIGO. At that point I said goodbye to my partner and daughter and scrambled back down the very narrow stairs some of which have deep groves in them that came ad a surprise on the way up. Over all a most exhilarating ex. A must try for all' not just photographers.
  • Well worth the visit. You have to be willing to climb a fair few steps. Also it can get tight up the top. But when you get upto the top the views are exceptional. I got there early when first opened, which allowed us to climb to the top in piece. Great value for money compared to other attractions in the city.
  • I think that the monument itself is kind on fugly. It's exactly what you'd expect for a Victorian monument big, bold, ornate and fussy. If you're up to it, climb the 287 narrow steps to the top. It's well worth doing for the views and photo ops. The best time to go is just after opening time before the crowds arrive.
  • The Scott Monument should be visited by any tourist to the city. The views from the top are excellent as one might expect. However, the claustrophobic or those with mobility issues may wish to give this attraction a miss. Access to the top is by means of narrow spiral staircases, which must accommodate visitors moving in both directions.
  • While architecturally impressive, it could do with a good clean. From what we could tell, it looked better at night then during the day.