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Carlton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 131 510 7555
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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, Scotland
Broughton & Calton
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"carlton hill"
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"napoleonic wars"
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"parthenon in athens"
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"scottish soldiers"
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"left unfinished"
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"nice photos"
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"end of princes street"
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"sunny day"
in 7 reviews
"worth the climb"
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"photo ops"
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"views over edinburgh"
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"worth a visit"
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"lovely walk"
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"arthur's seat"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank LUCKY J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have listened a lot of things about this monument(?) but finally we didnt enthused.But as you will walk all the royal mile this is the end..so climb and admire the city!

Thank Christos O
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Built to commemorate the victory over Napoleon at Waterloo, the National Monument has more than a hint of Athens about it. Standing at the top of Calton Hill, it takes some reaching, but is well worth it when you do

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Worth a visit if you have good weather, the views of the city would have been amazing (if it wasn't so misty). Would recommend to all ages.

1  Thank SmithL24
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

The small climb from the eastern end of Princes street is well worth it just for the view but the monuments at the top of Calton Hill are also very interesting.

Thank Nicked2016
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Visited the monument on our last day of the holiday. Very steep climb up to it but all of the city of hilly and we took our time. It looks impressive and we did take some nice photos but their was empty alcohol bottle around...More

Thank Emilyk9635
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Bit of a mess at the moment. Currently a building site at the top of the hill. Maybe avoid it just now.

Thank DexxTravels
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

As the National monument is unfinished and it looks as though it never will be its perhaps a fitting memorial to the soldiers who gave their lives on a Crimean battlefield and never came back to complete their own stories at home. Very stark and...More

Thank Torkm68
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Yes, these things do not happen only in Italy! This monument was supposed to be a copy of the Parthenon but due to lack of funds (so it seems) it was never finished and now it's still there, on Carlton Hill, nice if you want...More

1  Thank Travelcooking
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

I enjoyed a walk up to Calton Hill from the Royal Terrace side. The first thing I saw up there was the National Monument which is breathtaking. Also the view to all the sides of Edinburgh is amazing! There is much more to see up...More

1  Thank marinav696
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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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