The National Wallace Monument, Stirling

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Learn the story of Scotland's Braveheart at The National Wallace Monument. Wherever you are in Stirling, it's hard not to notice the 67 m (220 ft) Gothic tower looming above. The sandstone monument sitting atop Abbey Craig commemorates Sir William Wallace, a leader of the Wars of Scottish Independence in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. See Wallace's sword here, enter the Hall of Heroes to view more monuments to prominent Scots, and take in views of Stirling, Ben Lomond, and the Ochil Hills. For additional context and details about the site and Wallace, pick up an audio guide for a supplemental fee at the beginning of your visit. Using our custom trip planner, Stirling attractions like The National Wallace Monument can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 21, 2017
    You must climb first 246 steps to climb the tower. The views at the foot of the Tower makes up already for the steep climb from the parking lot here.
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  • August 20, 2017
    We were on a walk from Bridge of Allan and visited the monument. The views from the top are spectacular.....well worth the stair climb.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    What an astonishing view from the top of Wallace monument down to Stirling city and river Forth. We learn a lot of Scotland's history and why William Wallace is the national hero. It's hard to go all ...  more »
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  • You can see the monument from miles away, and from Stirling Castle. You can either climb the hill, or take a shuttle to the monument from the cafe and entrance area (I recommend the shuttle, it's a steep walk up). When you get there, you already have great views of Stirling and the mountains. You climb up a spiral staircase and call stop of at a couple floors to see the story of Wallace and some influential people in Scottish history. You will get to see the Wallace sword, which is massive. If your get vertigo or are afraid if heights, do this. When you go up the stairs, just don't look out through the slit windows. On top can be s little windy, but just look out...not down. On the way down it can get dizzying, so take your time Even though it's not on the explorer pass, you can get 10% off if you present it.
  • A wonderful monument to such a significant character in Scotland's history, albeit such a gory one. The fight for independence by the Scots from the English had been going on for 2 - 300 years... and William Wallace was one of the biggest participants in the fight. Not really an easy time for any. His capture and such harsh treatment by Edward I of England was totally incredible. The fight goes on to this day.
  • Very nice place with a view. We where late and could not go up the tower anymore but could go up with the shuttle bus with our helmets for free. Would be better if it was open after 1700 at the end of June.
  • We were lucky enough to experience the guides perform the story of William Wallace. So great. It was quite the way up to the very top but the views are great
  • Loved it. The walk up to the monument is a killer but well worth it. They do put on a free bus for those who require it. Great day out

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Stirling's central location in Scotland means most of its many lodging options are quickly reachable from nearly anywhere in the country. Hotels located close to the city's iconic castle offer easy access to all of the area's celebrated historical sites. Though they provide the finest modern conveniences, hotels in this central part of town occupy buildings steeped in history and heritage. Just outside of town, explore a world of boutique hotels and quaint B&Bs, a perfect base from which to explore the picturesque Central Lowlands.
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