Stirling: The National Wallace Monument
Looking for a day trip near Glasgow? Look no further than Stirling – less than 40 minutes’ drive.
What is the Wallace Monument?
The monument is one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks. It’s a 67 meter tower in Victorian gothic style where visitors can learn about the life and legacy of 13th Century Scottish hero - Sir William Wallace.
Address - National Wallace Monument, Abbey Craig, Hillfoots Rd, Stirling FK9 5LF.
Bus (45-60 mins): First Bus Service X39 operates regularly from Glasgow to/from the Monument Car Park, via Cumbernauld, Denny, and the University of Stirling.
Car (35 mins): Free parking is provided for visitors.
You can find more travel options including rail here.
How much does it cost?
Take your student ID along and gain concession entry for £7.99. You can also book in advance here.
They often have further discounts during winter months (up to 50% off) – make sure you check the website beforehand*
Tell me more…
When you arrive at the site you can either walk up to the monument if you are fit and able (recommended – it only takes 10-15 minutes, it’s a lovely walk and there are plenty of photo opportunities) or you can wait on the free bus.
They have actors! Plan ahead and check what time the performances are on. We got the chance to meet “William Wallace” himself (and an apparent ancestor of Alex Salmond?) and hear about his life and battles before entering the monument for the tour.
The building itself is of Victorian gothic style and is absolutely stunning. Anyone who appreciates architecture will be impressed. The monument took 8 years to build and was completed in 1869.The internal spiral staircase has a total of 246 steps – count them if you want!
Each level has a different landing which will tell you more about Scotland’s and William Wallace’s incredible history. The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable – don’t be afraid to ask any questions! There is also a visitor’s shop with a variety of gifts and souvenirs.
At The Crown of the monument you get to enjoy a stunning 360 degree view over Stirling. It’s pretty windy – wrap up warm if you decide to go during Winter months!
Make a day out of it!
You can also visit Stirling Castle whilst you are in the area – it’s an impressive castle and well worth a visit. Stirling also offers plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs so why not go a wander, explore and make a full day out of your trip!
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