Looking a bit like an upturned telescope – the similarity is intentional – and offering superb views over the city and across the Firth...
Calton Hill (100m), which rises dramatically above the eastern end of Princes St, is Edinburgh's acropolis, its summit scattered with...
Collective / City Observatory
The design of the City Observatory, built in 1818, was based on the ancient Greek Temple of the Winds in Athens. Its original function...
This restored theatre at the top of Leith Walk stages Broadway musicals, dance shows, opera and popular-music concerts.
A grand Georgian town house on the side of Calton Hill is the elegant setting for one of Edinburgh’s Michelin stars. Divine decor by...
Calton Hill · interesting places nearby
National Monument information
The largest structure on the summit of Calton Hill, the National Monument was a rather over-ambitious attempt to replicate the Parthenon in Athens, and was intended to honour Scotland's dead in the Napoleonic Wars. Construction – paid for by public subscription – began in 1822 but funds ran dry when only 12 columns had been erected. It became known locally as 'Edinburgh's Disgrace'.