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Scott Monument

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Address: Princes Street | Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EJ, Scotland
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A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.

A 200-foot spire dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the famous Scottish poet.

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Charming folly like monument

Kind of reminded me a lot of the Albert monument in London, though a lot dirtier from all the pollution of many decades of princes street upon it, this could hold so much... read more

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Kind of reminded me a lot of the Albert monument in London, though a lot dirtier from all the pollution of many decades of princes street upon it, this could hold so much potential if it was cleaned up, it would look great! I know Edinburgh does try to portray this image of an old town, and maybe this monument... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The tallest monument to an author, the climb all the way to the top can be difficult for some folks given that there's not always a railing and passing can be tricky. If you can get past that, the views are astounding, and worth the effort!

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Even with the Christmas market and rides all around it, the Scott Monument can still be seen from all around. It's beautiful, and I would love to go there when the wind is a bit kinder, and the ferris wheel is not there. Great meeting up spot, too - impossible to miss!

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Looks really impressive from the outside It's something amazing to look at Will probably try to go up next time, didn't have time this time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great gothic monument on Princes Street that is not very accessible and is at the present time (over Xmas and New Year) anyway dwarfed by the ugly 'Eye' type of ferris wheel.

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Sale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

lots of stuffs for Kids.. rides too near by waverlery Bridge.. kids will love them all... also near by seasonal scottish markets... don;t miss them.. specially Christmas and new year markets were too good...

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Apparently it is the largest monument to a writer in the world and opposite Jenners - THE department store. We happened to be there on Armistice Day and that was very impressive. The monument features 64 figures from Scott's novels - say no more!

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Thank Michael O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Small staircase, few people, great view! BUT you have to overwhelm the vigorous wind (applies for all Scotland!)!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is the biggest monument for a poet, it is a very high construction, which you can go up the many stairs for a good view of Edinburgh, very central and quite interesting.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of many old buildings in Edinburgh that people pretend to enjoy. Good if you like trying to hide how out of breath you get after walking up lots of stairs. Also good if you just like stairs.

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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