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The National Wallace Monument (generally known as the Wallace Monument) is a tower standing on the summit of Abbey Craig, a hilltop near Stirling in Scotland. It commemorates Sir William Wallace, the 13th century Scottish hero.

The tower was constructed following a fundraising campaign which accompanied a resurgence of Scottish national identity in the 19th century. In addition to public subscription, it was partially funded by contributions from a number of foreign donors, including Italian national leader Giuseppe Garibaldi. Completed in 1869 to the designs of architect John Thomas Rochead at a cost of £18,000, the monument is a 67 metre (220 ft.) sandstone tower, built in the Victorian Gothic style. It stands on the Abbey Craig, a volcanic crag above Cambuskenneth Abbey, from which Wallace was said to have watched the gathering of the army of English king Edward I, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

The monument is open to the general public. Visitors climb the 246 step spiral staircase to the viewing gallery inside the monument's crown, which provides expansive views of the Ochil Hills and the Forth Valley.

A number of artifacts believed to belong to Wallace are on display inside the monument, including the Wallace Sword, and a 1.68 metre (5 ft., 6 in.) long claymore.[]

Braveheart statue

In 1996 Tom Church, a monumental mason from Brechin, was inspired by the 1995 Mel Gibson film Braveheart while recovering from a heart bypass operation. He carved a 4 metre (13 ft.) tall, 12 metric tonne statue of Wallace from two blocks of sandstone. The statue resembles Gibson's depiction of Wallace, featuring a targe emblazoned with "Braveheart", a military flail, and a claymore. Calling the statue Freedom, he leased it to Stirling Council, who in 1997 installed it in the car park of the visitor centre at the foot of the craig.

There it proved to be controversial; The Independent described it as "among the most loathed pieces of public art in Scotland" and one local called it a "lump of crap", but the statue was popular with tourists.

The statue was subject to regular vandalism: its face was gouged out, it had paint thrown over it, it was struck with a hammer, and someone chipped off the decapitated head of the Governor of York which had formerly graced the statue's base. As a result it was enclosed in a security fence.

Plans to expand the visitor centre, including a new restaurant and reception, led to the statue's removal in 2008. Church offered it for sale for £350,000, hoping it would find a buyer in North America; of its failure to sell Church's agent said "I can’t understand how the sale hasn’t taken off. When Freedom was first unveiled, the critics labelled it the biggest piece of iconic art to come out of Scotland in the 20th century." Church later offered to donate the statue to the Trump Organization, to act as a centrepiece of the golf resort Trump was planning in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, but after its removal from the site the statue was returned to the sculptor, who displays it in a castle-like installation at his Brechin workshop.


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Roaming Roy
5 August 2013
You dont have to pay to get on hill only to go inside.just bypass ticket point and head out back of building and walk up hill
Gülniyaz T.
12 September 2012
Although really tiring, climb those 246 crazy steps!Nice view both from the narrow windows and at the very top.
Christian Mazzotta
7 June 2010
Take the woodland walk up.
Haje 🐠 Kamps
20 August 2014
Don't miss the storyteller. He's great!
Andrés Alonso
6 August 2016
Ticket too expensive... £9.99 and for students just £7.99 no big deal.
Daniela Garcia
20 January 2016
Must visit! Great view from the top of the monument, 3-floor museum, Wallace sword!!
Anu Jayasinghe
26 June 2015
Amazing views and taking the time to read everything is really worth it
Shannon Grant
9 March 2015
BEST gluten free cake I've ever had since being celiac is at the cafe here.
Gabriele Salvini
20 August 2014
Mauro Daneluzzi
17 August 2014
A very great story line of William Wallace
3 August 2012
Over 200-and-something steps. Rich Scottish history at its finest
10 March 2012
marianne mcdougall
15 February 2018
The Wallace Sword and fantastic views from The Crown from the Monument. A perfect place to shout FREEDOM.
Luís Amorim
17 November 2017
Great view over Stirling but a bit expensive to enter.
Enric Pérez Sullà
14 May 2014
Todo un tipo este Wallace.
Carlos deA
24 August 2013
Impresionante! Obligatorio subir hasta arriba porque las vistas lo merecen. Las salas de exposiciones que hay por el camino son muy interesantes. Esto sí es un monumento al héroe nacional de Escocia!
Pedro ilardi
3 July 2013
Muy bonita la vista desde arriba. Recomiendo subir caminando
10 May 2017
Tırmanmaya değer
Juan Gomez
8 October 2015
Espectacular, gran homenaje a un héroe
Varda Elentari
30 November 2013
Tan amable la gente que nos ayudaron a tener pase para el sterling castle el día de St. Andrew. Lugar genial para recordar al héroe de Escocia, esta su claymore :)
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6 Marsden Court, Stirling FK9 5LU, UK

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