The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the second largest monument to a writer in the world after the José Martí monument in Havana. It stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, opposite the Jenners department store on Princes Street and near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, which is named after Scott's Waverley novels.
The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.11 m) high and has viewing platforms reached by a series of spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. The highest platform is reached by a total of 287 steps. It is built from Binny sandstone quarried near Ecclesmachan in West Lothian.
David Scott | Feb 3, 2018
Yes the Scott monument is an elegant looking Victorian Gothic construction, but there is something more to it and not a lot of people know. The Scott monument is an interplanetary communication construct. It is used to relay information to off-world colonies. The colonies are populated by elite generates who over-see our world....this lump of Earth. If you stand within a meter of the Scott monument the hairs on your neck will stand up and you will feel a soft vibration in your whole body... check it out for yourself.
Jonathan Smith | Jan 16, 2018
The Sir Walter Scott monument is beautiful! I proposed to my girlfriend at the top of it! It is a fair price to go up and there are great views. It can be a challenge to some people to go up the stairs and if you get claustrophobic I would recommend you do not try it. The stairs get very narrow and short, and of thete is someone going up and down at the same time, you'll have to turn around and go back down to let them pass. There is only one way up and one way down. Once you get close to the top it is very narrow, your shoulders will be touching the walls. I loved this place and it has given us many memories for the rest of our life together!
Scotland | Jan 1, 2018
This marvellous monument aimed to integrate the structure symbolically into Scottish literary and cultural history of the Sir Walter Scott. An iconic sandstone monument located in the heart of the city it's the princess gardens. You can climb for a price of only 5 lbs you can visit museum room at the first level or if you don't mind a lot of steps and very tiny stairwells, you can go up three levels more for a great 360-degree view city of Edinburgh.
Ali Al-Lawati | Feb 23, 2018
Definitely worth a climb for the nice architecture and views. Costs £5, around 287 steps across 4 levels (so each climb is not too long). Doesn't require high fitness but NOT FOR THE OBESE OR CLAUSTROPHOBIC. The staircases become very narrow that it is difficult for two people to pass.
Zahid Maj | Mar 3, 2018
Carrying its history the monument is worth visiting by all new comers to Scottland. I climbed upto its lost tower and enjoyed the scenic view of the ground layout from its top. View had been wonderful. Stairs climbing had been amazing
Raphael George Simpson | Mar 30, 2018
I climbed this monument several times when I was 10 years of age. It was fantastic it cost me six old pennies then that is 2 and a half pennies in todays money. This was 61 years ago as I am now 71. I was in Edinburgh last week and hoped to climb it again but alas I was too late but I will make it the next time I go. I love Edinburgh and I was born in 21 Dublin Street. Had my photo taken at the door last week. If any one can tell me some history of this building, circa 1947 I would greatly appreciate it.
Jatania Mota | Mar 31, 2018
Beautiful structure. You are able to go to the top for 5 pounds. Great views and great photos of Edinburgh.
Karissa Ferguson | May 2, 2018
Very affordable and very worth it! I visited it months ago, but i remember it being 4 or 5 pounds. The view is gorgeous and the monument is beautiful
euan patterson | Jun 3, 2018
A great (and not expensive) way to see Edinburgh city centre. The climb to the top is broken up by the different levels, giving you a chance to catch your breath! On the firdt level there is a small information room to tell you more about Sir Walter Scott and the building. There are viewing platforms on every level which you can walk around to see all of the surrounding views and other main attractions like Edinburgh Castle, the Mound, Calton Hill and princes street. Would definitely recommend as a way to get your bearings of the city. When you leave you get given a certificate commending you for climbing the full 287 steps to the top
Richard Johnson | May 14, 2018
Historic, reasonable price. Good views. Decent workout getting to the top. Not so great if you're tubby, steps narrow quite a bit at the top.
avais slaeem | Jun 11, 2018
The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the second largest monument to a writer in the world after the Jose Marti monument in Havana. It stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, opposite the Jenners department store on Princes Street and near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, which is named after Scott's Waverley novels.
sandeep singh | May 13, 2018
One of best and cost effective attraction. Ppl usually don't know that you can actually go inside to the highest level and see the city view. Beautifuly placed and easily accessible a must do if visiting Edinburgh. April to September open till 6:30 other time till 4. If it's a sunny day do try to go to highest level. You will get to see different view of Princess street that we usually visit all time.
Robyn Moreau | Jul 13, 2018
1 of those Monuments you have to see to believe. Larger than life. A great nearby stop if your visiting the train station.
Ali Alkhubuoli | Jul 1, 2018
Such a wonderful place which is not expensive way to see Edinburgh city centre from the top. To climb to the top you can broken it up by the different levels that you’ll go to , giving you a chance to catch your breath and rest. going to the topthere is a small information room in every level to tell you more about and the buildingSir Walter Scott. Would definitely recommend and when you leave you get given a certificate commending you for climbing the full 287 steps. In your way up you will find a viewing platforms which located in every level gives you the ability to walk around to see the surrounding views and other main attractions like princes street, the Mound, Calton Hill and the top one Edinburgh Castle.
Etienne Jenelten | Jul 25, 2018
Nice little Museum with a great view on the top. Tall people like should mind their head because the stairs will be at the top very narrow. Best you'll go on quiet time and take no big bag with you and be in good Fitness otherwise the 287 steps will be a pain for you.
Rahath | Jul 30, 2018
Beautiful architecture and peaceful spot to stop and take a breath. One of the top attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland. There are lots of eateries around the monument, enjoy the sight.
Paul Mccormack | Jul 23, 2018
Unfortunately we chose to ascend this unique peace off Scottish heritage on one off the wettest day’s possible so once we got to the top we could hardly see anything. But still a spectacle worth taking in just pick your days wisely
Karthik Gopalaswamy | Jul 17, 2018
The monument is very best at it's appearance and an very important landmark. You get a chance to go to the peak of the monument with some entrance fee. It is like around 8 pounds I guess.
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