WILLIAM WALLACE MONUMENT
This imposing and Dramatic Gothic Tower is scotland’s Tribute To its most iconic warrior from The middle ages
The National Wallace Monument is one of the most striking memorials dedicated to medieval warfare in the United Kingdom. Completed in 1869, the monument is a 67-metre (220 feet) sandstone Victorian Gothic tower that commemorates Sir William Wallace. Wallace was a Scottish knight who became one of the leaders against Edward I’s English occupation during the First Scottish War of Independence. Long regarded as one of Scotland’s most venerated national heroes, the monument is located at the scene of Wallace’s greatest victory, at Stirling Bridge in 1297.
The monument overlooks the River Forth near Stirling, on a volcanic hill called Abbey Craig, and it is open to the public. The top of the tower is known as ‘The Crown’ and offers magnificent views of the Scottish countryside for miles around.
The most famous exhibit inside the monument is the ‘Wallace Sword’, in the ‘Hall of Heroes’. The sword is 1.67 metres (five feet six inches) long and is reputed to have belonged to Wallace himself, although this is disputed.
Visitors can also visit the ‘Hall of Arms’, which tells the story of Wallace’s life and the Battle of Stirling Bridge with a film, illuminated map and displays of weaponry and armour.
The construction of the National Wallace Monument was partially funded by foreign donors, including the Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi
Sir William Wallace co-led theScots with Andrew Moray against a numerically superior English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge