The Scott Monument

Price guide: Budget

Princes Street, Edinburgh

Price guide: Budget

The Scott Monument from below
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By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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expert-rated things to do in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, People watching

Expert review of The Scott Monument

Scramble up here and you can see the world below!

The biggest monument to a writer anywhere in the world, and the writer is the Scots genuis Sir Walter Scott. It sits in Princes Street Gardens in the centre of Princes Street. There are a mighty 287 steps to the top, worth it though - as the song goes - on a clear day you can see forever. If the weather is not good, give it a miss. There are four viewing galleries on the way up to the top to let you get your breath back.

Price advice: 

£3 for both adults and children. No concessions. A bargain really.

Expert tips: 
No cafe on site, nearest one I'd recommend is in the National Gallery, just a little further along the road.
Foggy, wet and nasty? Don't bother.

More information on The Scott Monument:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Landmark / monument
Address:
Princes Street, Edinburgh
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Apr-Sept Mon-Sat 10am-7pm and Sun 10am 6pm; Oct-Mar Mon-Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 10am-6pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

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