National Wallace Monument
National Wallace Monument
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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A national hero - a national landmark. For 150 years The National Wallace Monument has been standing proudly on The Abbey Craig, outside the historic city of Stirling, and telling the thrilling story of Sir William Wallace, Patriot, Martyr, and Guardian of Scotland.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California4,106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really Liked
    This is a worthwhile visit after Stirling Castle a few miles away. $10 per person is worth it, but, it is a moderate climb up the monument. Once at the monument, there are three levels and it’s 246 castle style steps to the top lookout. Wallace’s sword was great, don’t understand how he could swing that huge piece of metal! Interesting displays and fantastic views from the top. I liked this better than the castle.
    Thank you for your support! The Wallace Sword is an unmissable feature and we're thrilled to have it back on display at The National Wallace Monument. Thanks again - we hope to welcome you back soon.
    Written 31 May 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Michael S
    Huntsville, Utah53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely visit!
    Excellent visit! Views from the top are incredible. Be prepared for lots of stairs, but several floors to stop at on the way up or down with lots of history and activities. Don't go up or down too fast as you may get dizzy! Character actor giving a historical account of the battle was amazing!
    The views sure are incredible! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit - and our talented costumed actor. He really does bring history to life!
    Written 19 June 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Dave W
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mega brill !
    The view from the top probably. Allow yourself plenty of time, there is a lot to see and read in the exhibition rooms on the way up the tower, plus the gift shop, plus that amazing view ! This was one of the best pay to enter attractions I’ve ever been to in my life, and I’m in my mid 60’s. It was very good value for money too and ample free parking, several people including myself were able to park small motorhomes, without causing inconvenience to others for a change. I was at the site in total for over 5 hours, I started with a look round the gift shop at the bottom, then spent about 20 minutes walking up the path to the base of the tower. I paid my fee and started up the long spiral staircase. On the way up I spent at least 1/2 an hour in each of the fascinating exhibition rooms, viewing the rooms on the way up gives you a chance to have a breather from the winding staircase. Once at the top I spent about another 1/2 hour looking at the views, and then about 15 minutes having a sandwich and a drink before tackling the descent ! Then another 1/2 hour browsing the gift shop at the base of the tower where I spent 40 quid ! I then made my way back down the path to the bottom, to the car park. I went back to my campervan and had a cuppa and some food. I went up on my own as my wife was unwell. By the time I came down she was feeling much better and wanted to go up to the base of the tower, so, boots back on, deep breaths and away again, this time with collies in tow ! She didn’t feel up to the spiral staircase and it was only about an hour till closing time so we sat for about 20 minutes admiring the view and then walked back down again. . . but only after she had been in the gift shop at the base of the tower, and then again in to the one at the bottom of the hill at the car park. . . .and spent another load of money ! Then an ice cream and finally away. This in my opinion is a fantastic attraction and superb value for money for what turned out to be almost a full day out. It’s affordable, and right now thats what people want after Covid and an uncertain economy, affordability. I don’t think I would take my grandkids though, they would be bored once they’d got to the top of the tower without reading the exhibition stands, and collared me for a toy and an ice cream out of the shop ! I think the staircase would be dangerous as well for very young children. That said, a truly great day out .
    Wow. Thank you so much for this fantastic review! We are absolutely thrilled to hear such positive feedback and can't thank you enough for taking the time to leave this comment. The fact we are one of the best pay to enter attractions you've ever visited is just incredible. We hope to welcome you back to the Monument again soon. Thanks again!
    Written 28 June 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Francois T
    Johannesburg, South Africa1,238 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop
    We were on our way to Inverness and decided to do a quick stop. We did not go in to the monument self but walked the beautiful trail and took some photos at the top. Worth a visit even if you not planning to pay and enter the monument.
    Thank you very much! We hope to welcome you back to visit inside the Monument again soon.
    Written 25 July 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Arabdoddy
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing monument with stunning views
    Well worth a visit. A fair walk up a hill to get to monument but there is a shuttle bus. There are four levels within the monument to give you time to recover from the steep steps. I am not fit but managed it fine. Highly recommended.
    Thank you so much! We're really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Monument - and the stunning views. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
    Written 25 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Forthright
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scottish heritage on a monumental scale
    A very imposing location and structure with informative displays and interactive features about the 13th and 14th century battles against a powerful and dominant English king. Staff at the monument and Legends tearoom were all friendly and helpful. Great experience when you reach the crown of the building and take in the views. Wish I had visited sooner. A credit to Scottish visitor attractions.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your visit!
    Written 27 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Henry
    Stockholm, Sweden17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Needs a lift to the top
    The shuttle buss took us to the top of the hill. Sadly we had to climb hundreds of narrow steps to get to the top of the monument, can't they build a lift for us obese people there? The view from the top was very nice, you could see all the famous historical sights from there. Coming down we had to pass several obese people on the stairs which slowed the traffic. The museum rooms were very nice and immersive, though my girlfriend got scared of the weapons on open display! Gift shop was nice and we got our certificates of conquering the monument from there. Lovely base, thank you buss driver!
    Thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit.
    Written 27 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Elvis S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see and well worth the effort
    A beautiful and fitting tribute to Scotlands hero. Welcoming and helpful staff, both in the monument and at the visitor centre/shop. The walk traverses up the hill and was easy enough for this large man in his 50s! Plus it's worth while for the lovely wood carved sculptures with great information plaques. The steps are narrow and steep, as described on their site but, manageable by stopping off to the 3 galleries with great stories and tributes to Scotts through the ages.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit.
    Written 14 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 4 August 2023
  • veryeasilyconfused
    Crewe, United Kingdom280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views
    A lovely place to visit. We enjoyed the woodland walk to the monument and looking at all the art but there was a minibus that made it more accessible. We decided to climb to the top of the monument and I'm not going to lie it wasn't easy! There are floors with loads of information on them where you can take a break and the view from the top is stunning but it isn't the easiest to manage the spiral staircase especially if you are crossing others going in the other direction. We really enjoyed it though and it was an experience. The people who worked there were really lovely too.
    Thank you so much for this lovely review! The climb can be tough but we're really pleased that you enjoyed the experience - and the stunning view from the top.
    Written 14 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • L18SUM
    Stirling, United Kingdom1,770 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit
    Our extended family of 6 adults and 5 children visited here in August. The online booking process is straightforward and good deals for the families. On arrival, parking is plentiful and nice facilities like the cafe, shop and toilets. The walk up to the monument is wonderful with things along the way to keep the children entertained. There's a mini bus should you require a lift up/down. The monument is impressive as is the view of Stirling. On entering the monument there's three floors of exhibits to enjoy. The stairs are narrow and steep but you're instructed to stick to one side and generally the people coming down stop and give way to those going up. If you can, leave large backpacks in the car/bus and you'll find it easier. The kids enjoyed designing their own interactive shield and then taking a photo next to it. The 360 view at the top is simply stunning. We had a clear day which helps! Overall, this and Stirling Castle is a must visit when touring around Stirling. Much better value than the Bannockburn Experience for sure. Enjoy!
    Thank you for this positive and very informative review! We really appreciate receiving your feedback. We are pleased that all the family enjoyed their visit and hope to welcome you back again soon.
    Written 14 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
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Peter
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Went with family great day out there are stunning views from the top.I would recommend getting the free bus to the top you can access the bus from the bus stop opposite the cafe.Rwmember to take your camera
Written 13 May 2024
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Thank you so much. We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed the visit - and we agree, don't forget your camera when visiting!
Written 21 May 2024
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jenez
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great monument and interesting history. Make sure you watch the videos and wear comfortable shoes. The walk to the monument is steep, but they offer a very friendly van driver who gets you there in a few minutes. The walk up the tower is a bit challenging, no rails or ropes to hold on to and very narrow spiral staircase. Take the walk down the trail and view the beautiful scenery and the wooden sculptures.
Written 10 May 2024
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Thank you for such a positive and informative review - we really appreciate your feedback!
Written 21 May 2024
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crawford
Stirling, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We took our Australian friends to the monument.
We were fortunate to have great weather. The walk uphill was still doable for us despite not being as young as we used to be.
We’ll probably make use of the bus in the not too distant future.
The stairway could be a challenge if someone is claustrophobic.
You can take the stairs a section at a time as there are interesting rooms at intervals on the way up.
The views from the top are simply stunning.
Legends Cafe and gift shop is excellent.
The home baking is wonderful !
The goods in the gift shop are reasonably priced and of good quality. Our Australian friends bought a few items there.
The staff at the Monument and in Legends are great.
Written 19 April 2024
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Thank you for visiting the Monument and bringing along some Australian friends! We are so pleased to hear that everyone enjoyed the visit and picked up a lasting memento to remember the day. We hope to welcome you all back again soon.
Written 1 May 2024
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John B
York, PA30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a fantastic experience. Climbing to the top surpassed all expectations, and the view is incredible! The staff are very helpful and friendly. I recommend grabbing a coffee and food at the cafe as well.
Written 14 April 2024
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Thanks so much! It's great to hear that you had a fantastic experience - and we agree, the Monument is an absolute must-see when in Scotland. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written 15 April 2024
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Beverley S
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful views and a very interesting monument. Seen it on tele before and thought it looked really gothic and spooky. It definitely is in real life. The views from the top of the hill are stunning and I’m sure they are from the top of the building to but I had a bad leg so couldn’t climb up
Written 9 April 2024
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Thanks for the positive review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed the views from the base of the Monument - they sure are spectacular.
Written 15 April 2024
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Pittsburgh_cyclist
Pittsburgh, PA564 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The views from the bottom are good and the views from the top are amazing! The exhibits about Wallace and other Scottish heroes are interesting, but are not the main attraction. Even if you decide to take the bus up, make sure you walk down the hill to see the sculpture trail. And reward yourself with an ice cream sundae at Corrieri's afterwards.
Written 8 April 2024
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Thank you for this positive feedback, and we agree - the views from The Crown sure are amazing!
Written 9 April 2024
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Nancy J
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The climb up the 240+ steps of the spiral staircase took some degree of fitness but the views from the top were stunning. The displays at each of the 3 levels/ stops were well-thought-out to educate and entertain different age groups.
The park area on the way up/down was also well maintained and entertaining with sculptures for old and young to appreciate.
The shuttle bus up to the monument is great if you want to conserve some energy for the steps you have to climb.
I'd not recommend anyone visiting if they are shaky on narrow spiral stairs, or if they are unable to squeeze past another person in a very narrow space as it is one single staircase for both up and down traffic.
Written 7 April 2024
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Thanks for your review! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit - and well done on conquering the 246 steps to reach the Crown. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written 9 April 2024
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Jason L
Paisley, UK83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We walked to the monument from our guest house (Ravenswood Guest House) which took approx' 26 minutes. The walk was nearly all up hill but there is a shuttle service if walking isn't your thing. However, by walking we got to see all the wood carvings and history notices along the footpath. At the moment we were greeted by the friendly staff and started to climb the 200+ steps to the top. The stair case is two way and extremely narrow. There are a couple of rooms that you can visit on the way up or down that explain why the monument is there and the history of it but these are the only real passing areas. I'm 6ft 4ins tall so passing people on the staircase was a challenge. The view from the top is outstanding but the day we visited it was very windy and cold. However, Don't let this turn you off, it is worth the visit.
Written 3 April 2024
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Thank you for this very informative and positive review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the visit and hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written 4 April 2024
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davidandshona
Dumfries, UK2,833 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I last visited here over 40 years ago. Needless to say, the monument hasn't changed. However, the facilities have greatly improved.
Written 21 March 2024
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Thank you for visiting - we're pleased to hear you enjoyed the upgrades made to the exhibition galleries inside. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Written 25 March 2024
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Furnessie
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Took my partner here for a couples day out. Being a local, I've been climbing up and down the tower many times over the past 20 years. Still impressed by the whole place. Parking is good, cafe at the bottom of the hill serves a nice meal, and there is a shuttle bus that'll take you up to the tower for free. We chose to walk up, which takes about 10 mins for an average adult, or 15-20 for people with short legs. The Monument is atop the hill, so if you're visiting in spring, autumn and winter bring a wind proof jacket. The 3 floors are full of great historic information. The staircase is stone, narrow and can be tricky walking past another visitor decending if you're slightly larger than the average person. This was built before H/S, and Corn Syrup wasn't in their diets. The top of the Monument has fantastic view across the whole valley, and if you're okay with heights is an amazing view for photos. Even on a cloudy day, we could see for miles in all directions, even able to spot a hill walker at the top of one of the Ochil Hills near us. When visiting Stirling and the local area, this is definitely a bucket list place.
Written 21 March 2024
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Thank you for visiting the Monument (again!) - and for this positive review. We really appreciate your feedback!
Written 25 March 2024
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