Wallace Monument in Stirling
The National Wallace Monument is located just over a mile from Stirling Castle. Visitors are given a panoramic view over the scene of Scotland’s victory at The Battle of Stirling Bridge. This famous battle took place on 11 September, 1297. The William Wallace Monument in Stirling is a place where history is something you can touch and feel, as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace.
For over 140 years, and a world-famous landmark, the William Wallace Monument has fascinated visitors with its exhibits and displays, telling the story of Sir William Wallace. For visitors to the National Wallace Monument is often the high point of their visit to Stirling.
A courtesy minibus service operates between the Car Park and the National Wallace Monument. The monument is accessed via a spiral staircase, with a total of 246 steps. Visitors unable to use the staircase can use the facilities in the Keeper’s Lodge, at the entrance level.
The National Wallace Monument
Hall of Arms
On the first level, The Hall of Arms draws you into the moment of battle. This is where the story is told of how the Battle of Stirling Bridge was fought and won. Visitors can also see the medieval armour and weaponry used by both armies.
The Hall of Heroes
On the second level is the Hall of Heroes and The Wallace Sword. The striking centrepiece on this floor is the Wallace Sword. This is a powerful symbol of his courage and skill, presented on stone quarried from the Abbey Craig when the Monument was being built. The sword measures 1.67m, and weighs approximately 3 kilos. Wallace’s sword was brought to the Monument in 1888 from its historic resting place in Dumbarton Castle.
Also for visitors on this floor, there are a total of 15 white marble busts and one bronze bust in the Hall of Heroes. The idea of the hero has been taken beyond the traditional notion of brave freedom fighters to include heroes of 19th century endeavour and reform.
The heroes: King Robert the Bruce, Robert Burns, David Livingstone, Thomas Carlyle, Adam Smith, James Watt, Robert Tannahill, Sir Walter Scott, Allan Ramsay, William Murdoch, Hugh Miller, John Knox, William Ewart Gladstone, Thomas Chalmers, George Buchanan and Sir David Brewster.
The Royal Chamber
The third level is home to the Royal Chamber. This is where you can uncover some of the facts and figures behind the building of this Victorian masterpiece. It is now recognised and admired as a national landmark. The Monument very quickly became established as an important heritage attraction. Many of those who came to follow the story of William Wallace wanted to take home a souvenir of their visit.
A miniature version of the Tower in this gallery allows children to get to grips with building their own Monument. From this level you only have one further set of steps to climb before you reach the Crown. Make sure you have your camera ready!
The conclusion of your visit when you reach The Crown at the top of the Monument the view will take your breath away. It’s one of the finest sights Scotland has to offer. From Ben Lomond and the Trossachs in the West, and through the Forth Valley past the city of Stirling and the Ochil Hills to the Pentland Hills in the East.
The National Wallace Monument
Stirling, FK9 5LF
Tel: +44 (0)1786 472140