Scott Monument

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Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott situated in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1832 a competition was held to design a monument for Scott after his recent death, the winning design was built and unveiled in 1846. The tower is around 61 metres (200 ft) high and has a series of viewing platforms reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. The highest platform is reached by a total of 288 steps. It is built from Binny sandstone quarried near Ecclesmachan in West Lothian. 

Getting there

The monument is situated in Edinburgh city centre. It's a short walk away from Waverley Station. By bus, head to the city centre and it is a short walk from there.

Opening Times and Admission

The monument has viewing platforms that give vantage points over the city of Edinburgh. The viewing platforms are open every day from 10am-7pm April-September and 10am-4pm October-March. Admission is set at £5 for everybody. The monument does not have disabled access due to the small spiral staircases.

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