Scott Monument

City of Edinburgh | New Town | Monument | ★★★

[Scott Monument (centre right)]

Towering over Princes Street in the middle of Edinburgh, the ornate, 200 foot-high Scott Monument commemorates Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, erected in Gothic style about a decade after his death in 1832. The inflation-busting £8 entry fee (as of 2019) is almost as steep as the increasingly claustrophobic spiral staircases needed to ascend the interior. But you're not just paying for the exercise; visitor on the guided tours gain access to several museum rooms and viewing platforms offering amazing views across the city - much more than you would expect given the tower's slender profile. Worth the money? We're on the fence.

[View from the Princes Street Gardens side (17/8/19)]

Location & info

📌 Scott Monument ★★★
Princes Street, 5-min walk northeast of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 256739 ///dare.mess.icons
Open daily by half-hourly guided tour | £8 adult / £6 child

[View along Princes Street from the top]

[Stained glass windows in one of the museum rooms]

[Ornate architecture]

[Looking east towards Calton Hill from midway up the monument]

[Arthur's Seat & Edinburgh Waverley station from the top]


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