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Calton Hill - National Monument

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Calton Hill - National Monument - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama showing the National Monument and view from Calton Hill in Edinburgh. To the left of it is Nelson's Monument, covered in scaffolding an not open at the time this picture was taken in May 2009.

Calton Hill - National Monument - FURTHER INFORMATION

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The National Monument on the top of Calton Hill is one of the landmarks of Edinburgh. It is one of the attractions on Calton Hill, built as a memorial to those who died during the Napoleonic Wars. The National Monument is modelled on the Pantheon in Athens and looks like it is incomplete, though original plans would suggest this may be intentional. To the southeast you can see Arthur's Mount and Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park.

Other monuments and attractions on Calton Hill:

  • Nelson's Monument - built in memory of Admiral Nelson and containing a Time Ball on top of the tower. 143 steps lead up a spiral staircase to a viewing platform at the top. The monument is open to the public.
  • City Observatory - contains the Playfair Building, built to look like a Greek temple and housing two telescopes. The oldest part of the complex is the Gothic Tower on the north corner.
  • Dugald Stewart Monument - memorial to Scottish philosopher Dugald Stewart in 1831 and modelled on the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens.
  • St Andrew's House - built in 1930's next to the castellated Governor's House which was built in 1817. Once part of the Old Calton Gaol which was at one time the biggest prison in Edinburgh.
Calton Hill hosts the annual Beltane Fire Festival on April 30 each year. It is also a great place to watch fireworks during the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks and Hogmanay displays.


Walk: Footpaths lead up Carton Hill from Regent Road and Royal Terrace. Less than a mile east of Waverley Station and the Edinburgh Tourist Information Office.
Bus: Regent Road stop next to Jacob's Ladder.

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