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Scott Monument
Scott Monument

Scott Monument

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E. Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, UK
+44 131 529 4068
https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venue/scott-monument
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The Scottish novelist, playwright, and poet achieved greatness during his lifetime and 14 years after his death, he achieved once again when the largest monument to any writer was constructed in his ... Read more
honor. Two hundred and eighty seven steps will take you to the top of the structure where you can enjoy stunning views of Edinburgh. Decorating the structure are 64 statues depicting characters from Sir Walter’s writings. Another statue at the base of the monument features Scott with his favorite canine companion, Maida.

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Key Biscayne

A good climb and stunning views of Edinburgh. Quite a work out for the legs!

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Second largest monument to a writer in the world. Very busy, but amazing city views once you have climbed to the top.

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Local from Edinburgh

Looks an interesting but slightly innocuous monument. But the walk up is well worth it. Atmospheric (claustrophobic) steep spiral steps with 4 levels to get a better and better view of Edinburgh from.

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Sofia

Great views of Edinburgh. A bit of a tight squeeze, especially to the top. Make sure you check the stairs for anybody coming up/down.

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Ottawa

Definitely worth the hike up all those stairs for the stunning view of the city you receive at the top! I believe I paid about £5 per person, so it's fairly affordable. Be warned, however. There is a fair amount of steps and the stairway gets much narrower as you get higher up, and the last 10-15 steps are a tight fit. If you're claustrophobic I would suggest otherwise, but as a friend of mine who was 6'1" just barely fit

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Local from Edinburgh

You can walk to the top to get great views, or view it from the tea room at Romanes and Patterson's

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Glasgow

A grand, gothic, towering monument to Walter Scott located in Princes Street Gardens, this tower is like nothing you've ever seen before. It's possible to climb to the top for a small fee but if you are claustrophobic of scared of heights it is best avoided. The spiral staircases are very narrow and difficult to pass, not suitable for children (in fact I remember going as a child and bawling my eyes out - I have since been as an adult and managed to hold it together)!

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Philadelphia

Go up top and get some great views of central Edinburgh. You can get a beautiful view of Edinburgh Castle and Princess Street below.

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Pittsford

Conveniently located, this famous monument can easily be viewed from the garden, or you can venture to the tower for views of the city. Would I make a special trip to see it? No. But, it is worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.

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Mumbai (Bombay)

A historic monument paying tribute to the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is very visibly a gothic structure an it was build after the death of the author. It stands on Princes Street Gardens and next to Waverly Station. Visible from any corner around the city center its towering dominance on the landscape makes it a popular landmark and a photographer and architect's delight.

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London

Climbing to the top was great fun, spectacular views! :) Pls don't try if you have mobility issues.

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Kerrville

Sir Walter Scott has long been my favorite author. Climbing the 287 steps to the monument's peak was like paying homage to his excellence as a writer. Plus, the architecture is beautifully gothic and very inexpensive. It was £4 to go up and midway through was a small museum. It is not for the faint of heart or anyone who does not like tight spaces... The very small spiral staircases can get very, very tight...

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Anchorage

Scott Monument is easy to find. It's the most dramatic structure standing in the Prince Street. Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It's the biggest monument to a writer in the world. You can walk up to see the view of Edinburgh. Tickets cost £3, for both adults and children.

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Vancouver

One of the landmarks of Princes Street that celebrates one of Scotland's favourite sons, you can actually climb it as well. Even if you don't, it's well worth a look.

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Klang

Scott Monument is situated near Royal Scottish Academy. It is majestic and amazing to see the Scott Mounment. If you walked along Princess street, you will find many shops and restaurant, such as Strada, Saigon Chinese Restaurant and Hong Fu Noodle Bar.

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Reading

Massive Gothic monument to the author Sir Walter Scott. You are supposed to be able to walk up the stairs to the top, but I've never done it.

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A rather attractive monument located near one of the large public gardens in Edinburgh near Waverly station. It's a nice fixture on the horizon and I believe you can climb it too. Unfortunately I was unable to investigate that last part fully.

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Bronx

Great 360 view of the city! Fun to climb, different view points from different angles!

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New York City

The Scott Monument looks like the top of a church that might be buried under Princes Park. For £4, you can climb the almost 300 steps to look out from several of the levels. The staircase at the top is very narrow!

Don't miss the small room at the first level. The stained glass windows are amazing.

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Calgary

Scott Monument – in Princes Street Gardens – where you can climb the steps for a small fee or just admire Sir Walter who recently underwent restoration.

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