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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.
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Carlton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA, Scotland
Broughton & Calton
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Edinburgh has the most incredibly changeable weather so if you happen to be on Carlton Hill on a good day, the monument is worth seeing. Huge shame that it was never finished but the views from the area are spectacular

5  Thank KMR139
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Reviewed 29 September 2014

Not really of much interest, but visit Calton Hill, as it is an amazing place to be. We didn't seem to be the only ones as no one on the hill really paid much attention to this.

3  Thank ChutTheGuy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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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

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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

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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

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

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.

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

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

Thank Harald G
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.

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Reviewed 15 June 2018

The National Monument on Carlton Hill was intended to be a a national memorial for the soldiers who died during the Napoleonic Wars, Unfortunately the government did not provide enough funding to complete this project. Fortunately for us, this structure is a beautifully situated on...More

1  Thank LUCKY J
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