Monuments with Views

“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” - Alexander McCall Smith

If you have a head for heights Edinburgh has some spectacular panoramic spots to soak in the views from.

Scott Monument – 10:00 – 16:00 £8 Adults, £6 Concessions, £20 Family Ticket

The Scott Monument is an unmissable part of Edinburgh’s skyline. Standing in Princes Street Gardens, a little over 200ft (61m) tall. The Scott Monument has multiple viewing platforms which are open to the public. Climbing up the 288 steps to the top platform will reward you with gorgeous panoramic views of Edinburgh. However, these views are from quite a height, so not one for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground. Inside the monument you will also find a museum to Sir Walter Scott. Here you can learn about his life, legacy as well as the monument itself.

Nelson Monument 10:00 – 17:00 Free Entry (£6 to access upper section)

Built in 1815, the Nelson Monument sits atop Calton Hill in the centre of Edinburgh. The bottom floor is a free to enter museum, which is certainly worth a visit. However, for £6 you can climb the monument and see one of the best views in the city. On a clear day you can see for miles. Taking in stunning views towards Fife and the Borders, as well as the Queensferry Crossing. Open daily from 10am-5pm.

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