Visiting Stirling

Wallace Monument

The Wallace Monument at nightThe National Wallace Monument is packed with fascinating exhibits and displays - so come and visit one of the country's most magnificent sights, and meet Scotland's national hero - William Wallace.

You can pick up a ticket at The Pavilion - or at The Monument. You can  hop aboard the free minibus shuttle which operates all day, or walk through the wooded slopes of Abbey Craig to reach The Monument.

Take a good look - you will see 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.

When the Question of creating a national monument to the achievement of William Wallace was first discussed in the early 1800's, it seemed that it was destined to be built in Edinburgh, the capital city.

However Glasgow strongly contended the right, and plans were made to erect it on Glasgow Green, which had the first monument to Lord Nelson (1806). Many other Scottish towns discussed the proposal, but after due deliberation, it was decided that only Stirling could be home to the National Wallace Monument.

The decision to build the National Wallace Monument was taken at a great meeting in the Kings Park of Stirling in 1856, and it was agreed that a Gothic tower on the Abbey Craig, designed by John T Rochead and overlooking the site of Wallace's victory was the best option.

The foundation stone was laid on Bannockburn day 1861, and the completed monument was handed over to the Custodians on 11th September 1869 on the 572nd anniversary of Wallace's famous victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

Money was collected from Scots world-wide for the project, which in turn inspired the setting up of the Wallace statues in Baltimore in the United States and Ballaret in Australian goldfields.

Open all year round

Daily Jan-Feb, Nov-Dec 10.30-16.00:
Mar-May, Oct 10.00-17.00:
June10.00- 18.00: July-Aug 09:30-18.00: Sept 09:30-17.00

National Wallace Monument,
Abbey Craig,
Hillfoots Road,
Tel: +44(0)1786 472140

Adult £6.50 Child £4.00 Concessions £4.90

The Wallace Monument Website

Disabled Access - Parking - Refreshments Available