|Places to Visit around the Town of Stirling|
|Back to Stirling Sightseeing||The Wallace Monument|
|Leave M9 at junction 10 by Stirling|
|Abbey Craig, 1 mile North East of Stirling town centre, via Causewayhead|
|Tel: 01786 472140|
The Wallace Monument stands on the Abbey Craig in the City of Stirling. 220 feet (67m) high, this Victorian Gothic tower was opened in 1869 to commemorate Scotland's greatest freedom fighter, Sir William Wallace (1267-1305). It was funded by public subscription, and donations poured in from expatriate Scots around the world. Support came from many European leaders, including the Italian patriot, Garibaldi.
In 1296, Edward I of England invaded Scotland and the Scottish Wars of Independence began. William Wallace began a guerrilla campaign against the English and became known as the hammer and scourge of the English. On 11th september, 1297, the Scots defeated the English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
Read more about Sir William Wallace and the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
The Wallace Monument is on the Abbey Craig, a rocky crag from which Wallace watched the English army gather on the South side of Stirling Bridge.
246 steps take you to the the top of the tower and there are three chambers where you can stop off during your climb. Take your time and catch your breath while you look at Wallace's famous double-handed broadsword, meet William Wallace and learn of his struggle to free Scotland from English rule.
In the Scottish Hall of Heroes you will meet other great Scots sculpted in marble. Writers, explorers, inventors and statesmen including, Robert the Bruce, Sir Walter Scott, David Livingstone, Robert Burns and James Watt.
The third floor of the Wallace Monument contains the 'Building the Monument' Exhibition.
The Wallace Monument was completed in 1869 on the back of a wave of nationalism then sweeping Europe, with expatriate Scots and international figures contributing towards its construction. The exhibition tells the fascinating story behind the building of the monument, including the fund-raising campaign, the design competition, and the building and opening of what has become a national landmark. The amazing story is told of how Victorian craftsmen overcame the challenges of their day to create their masterpiece on the Abbey Craig.
There is a shuttle bus which runs from the visitor centre car park to the top of the Abbey Craig.
While you are up on the Abbey Craig, it's worth taking time to explore the semi-natural woodlands. Keep to the footpaths and do not venture near the edge of the cliffs.
|There is a frequent bus service connecting Causewayhead to Stirling town centre - inquire at the bus station.
If you are on foot, the Wallace Monument can be reached by walking over Stirling Old Bridge and heading straight out on the Causewayhead Road. Cross over at the Causewayhead roundabout to the William Wallace pub. Walk up Logie Road to the Hillfoots Road and straight on to the visitor centre. The walk will take you about 30 minutes.
|Woodland Walks and Nature Trails around the Wallace Monument and the Abbey Craig|
While you are up on the Abbey Craig, it's worth taking time to explore the semi-natural woodlands and enjoy the breathtaking views. Take things at your own pace and Whether you want to enjoy a brisk walk up to the Wallace Monument or take a relaxing ramble through the woods, you will find a route that is suited to you. From the front of the Wallace Monument you can follow the trails using the special waymarkers.
|Legends Coffee House and Gift Shop|
A major project designed to improve the visitor experience at The National Wallace Monument has been completed with re-development of the area at the base of The Abbey Craig, the main point of arrival for visitors coming to see the famous tower.
Relax in Legends Coffee House, with its magnificent views of the Abbey Craig and the Wallace Monument. Enjoy a speciality coffee, and make your choice from a range of home-made soups, freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps, paninis, and cakes.
You can also take time to browse around The Gift Shop, and select a souvenir of your visit from the range of Scottish clothing and crafts, including a special selection of books on the life of William Wallace and Scottish history.
|Open||Daily. All year. weather permitting|
January - February 10.30 - 16.00
March - May 10.00 - 17.00
June 10.00 - 18.00
July - August 09.00 - 18.00
September 09.30 - 17.30
October 10.00 - 17.00
November - December 10.30 - 16.00
- Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st January
Child (Ages 5 to 16) £6.00
Concessions (Senior/Student) £6.25
Family £20.25 (2 adults and 2 children)
Family £17.25 (1 adults and up to 3 children)
The National Wallace Monument
Tel: (01786) 472140 Fax: (01786) 461322
The National Wallace Monument is managed and operated by Stirling District Tourism Limited. Registered Office: Stirling Old Town Jail, St. John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA.
|Coffee shop.||Picnic area.||Souvenir gift shop.||Parking available.||Contact|
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