St Bernard's Well, StockbridgeYou can see large and famous monuments around the city centre, but look out for interesting landmarks in other parts. Discover  ancient stones and boundary markers,  war memorials and water features, sundials and doo’cots, as well as contemporary artworks.

Monuments are usually made of stone or bronze. Much top quality stone was quarried in or near the city,  from places like the Craigleith Quarry near Blackhall. Many bronze statues were cast at the foundry of Sir John Steell, who started the first art-bronze foundry in Scotland. Others were created and imported from abroad.

Edinburgh's monuments tell us about the history of the city - like a museum collection, but on display in the parks and streets!

Twelve Monuments Restoration project

This collaboration between the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage Trust started in 2008 with the aim of restoring twelve monuments within the World Heritage Site (the New and Old town).

Using  money from charitable trusts and individuals, stonework repairs  have been made to the Melville Monument,  the Bow Well, the National Monument, The Burns Monument and the Nelson Monument – including repairs to the Time Ball . The Black Watch Regimental Memorial and the Duke of Buccleuch statue have been cleaned, stabilized and waxed.

Restoration work on all twelve, including the statue of Charles II and St. Bernard’s Well, has now been completed.

Information on the Twelve Monuments. (PDF, 120 KB)

Monument locations