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Wallace Monument Stirling Reviews
Historic, Informative, and bigger than expected Apr 06, 2011
Odds are if you find yourself in Stirling, Scotland you are here to see this monument. As someone who never saw Braveheart and knows absolutely nothing about Scottish history, this was a very informative trip. There are several buses that go out to the site, or if you are in a crazy mood (like I was) you can walk from the train station to the monument in about 45 minutes.
The monument itself is much larger than I anticipated, for whatever reason I had expected to see a statue of Wallace, not a colossal tower resembling Malificent's abode in Sleeping Beauty. Even without a map, you cannot miss the monument. It's on a hillside and can be seen from anywhere in the city.
There is a moderate fee to enter, which also gains you access to a mini-van that will drive you up the hill. The walk up the hill is quaint and through a canopy of trees, taking only 5-10 minutes. (Just walk it, it's good exercise). An audio tour is available in many languages once you enter the tower.
Once inside you are on an adventure up a teeny, tiny spiral staircase. As this one staircase takes travelers both up and down, be aware, you will have to maneuver around others. There are several levels within the tower that allow you to catch a breath and learn about William Wallace and the amazing accomplishment he started. His iconic sword is on one level and is unbelievably large and impressive.
Atop the tower is a great viewing platform giving you a great look at the valley where Stirling lies, the Castle, river and the surrounding mountains.
And for those goofy men in your life who worship William Wallace as a "Manly Man", there's a pretty nice gift shop on your way out.
All in all, I had a much better time than anticipated at the Wallace Monument. If you are in Stirling, this is a must see.
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Very educational and great views Nov 24, 2008
The wallace monument is packed with exhibits telling Scotlands story of William Wallace. These exhibits are on a number of floors in the monument which you get to by climbing the spiral staircase in the building so you have to be able to tackle these it is somewhat annoying having to pass people on their way down - hopefully you don't lose your footing.
We purchased our tickets at the bottom of the hill in the pavilion and very lazily go the free minibus up to the monument - it is possible to walk up through the woodland. You are also able to purchase tickets at the monument to.
And once you reach the top of the monument there are spectacular views of stirling and clackmannanshire.
Also if your wanting to save money its also free entry on St.Andrews Day, 30th November.
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