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This monument, although begun in 1822 was never finished. It was to have been an imitation of the Parthenon and now remains an unfinished but authentic part of Edinburgh's skyline.
Carlton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA, Scotland
Broughton & Calton
+44 131 510 7555
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Scotland's National Monument is a little strange, if anything! It can be reached through steps from the juncture of Regent Road and Waterloo Street. Waterloo Street is a continuation of Princes Street. The Monument was built between 1822 and 1829. It commemorates the Scottish soldiers...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 4 November 2018

The unfinished tribute to Scottish soldiers who dies in the Napoleonic wars is based on the Parthenon in Athens. It is near the Nelson Monument and like that can be seen from various spots of the city.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Fairly easy to get up to the top. Lovely views. Perfect for a relax walk on a clear day. And v accessible - a very short walk from the centre of the city

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We went up Carlton Hill on what turned into a stunning day. Easy enough to get up to the top - although you can’t, or we couldn’t - avoid a few steps with the pram. Lovely views of Edinburgh await, and it’s free

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Alastr
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

We slowly walked up the hill to see this Monument. Found out that the Monument had not been finished. Still standing strong today in this national park. Go see this and othe works

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Perkadventures
Reviewed 6 September 2018

It's a bit of a hike to get here, but this monument is supposed to be a portion of an unfinished copy of the Greek Parthenon. Now it seems to be a Scottish hangout! Very popular with local kids who were sitting around on it....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MaryKop
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

While Carlton Hill is a lovely location with great views, this portico is underwhelming. It is apparently the front of a monument which never got built. I suppose it is somewhat photogenic but the appeal is lost on me.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AlexanderD
Reviewed 18 August 2018

The National Monument was built to be a fitting memorial for the soldiers who lost their lives in the Napoleonic Wars, but sadly it was never completed due to lack of funding. However, its location at the top of Carlton Hill means it is an...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed 9 August 2018

The National Monument is a rather dull sight, especially compared with the Nelson monument, which basically is located just a few steps next to it. While this monument alone might not necessarily be worth the hike up, the view in total on Calton Hill absolutely...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank hthehoneybadger
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Lovely park and an easy way to look down on the city. Good way to put the layout of the city in perspective. It is however, not very well maintained and it was hard not to be distracted by the trash and broken glass everywhere.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to
malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton
have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a
mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village
found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything
but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street;
even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and
art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The
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