Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions asked most often about visiting the Monument.  If your question is not answered here – then please get in touch, and we’d be happy to answer it for you.

What is the significance of The National Wallace Monument?

Since 1869, The National Wallace Monument has been one of Scotland’s best-known and most distinctive landmarks.  It commemorates the life of Sir William Wallace, who led the struggle for Scottish independence at the end of the 13th Century, and whose place in history was secured after his conquest of the English at The Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.

When is the best time to visit The National Wallace Monument?

The Monument is open all year round, and can be visited at any time.  During Summer time the early morning period is very often when visibility from the Monument is at its best, and a group can enjoy the outstanding views to the full.

What concessions and discounts does The National Wallace Monument offer?

The National Wallace Monument offers concessions to seniors and full-time students.

There is a discounted admission charge for children aged under 16 and family tickets are also available.  Groups with 10 or more visitors can receive a 10% discount.

For more information please visit the Times & Prices section.

Do I get a time slot for visiting The National Wallace Monument?

No, there is no time slot, and an admission ticket for The National Wallace Monument is valid for one day.

The National Wallace Monument is open all year from 10:30am until 4:00pm, with extended opening hours from March to October.

(The Monument is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day, and also on two days in January each year for annual maintenance).

I can’t climb the 246 steps, is there somewhere I can go instead?

The galleries within the Monument, and The Crown at the top of the building, are accessed via a spiral staircase, with a total of 246 steps. Visitors who are unable to climb the staircase can use the facilities in The Keeper’s Lodge, at the entrance level of the Monument.  (There are 2/3 shallow steps leading in to The Keeper’s Lodge).

(The admission charge for the Monument does not apply to any of the areas at the entrance level, including The Keeper’s Lodge and the Souvenir & Gift Shop).

Legends Coffee House and the Visitor Centre (located at the car park level) is fully accessible for visitors with limited mobility.

There is a minibus courtesy service which operates between the Car Park and the Monument.

Is The National Wallace Monument open at Christmas?

The Monument is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.  The Monument will also be closed for two days in January each year to allow essential maintenance to be undertaken.

Is the use of drones permitted on the Abbey Craig?

The users of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) are required to comply with The Air Navigation Order 2009 (SI 2009 No. 3015), and this is not possible at this location due to the specific safety requirements of the site.

Permission must be obtained from The Civil Aviation Authority and from the site management team to use a drone in this location.

The National Wallace Monument is managed and operated by Stirling District Tourism Ltd., who are working with Police Scotland to ensure the safety of all visitors to The Abbey Craig and to the Monument, and to ensure that drones are operated in compliance with regulations.

Are dogs allowed on the Abbey Craig?

Yes, dogs are allowed on the Abbey Craig and there are a number of beautiful walks which follow different trails through the woodlands. Below is a map showing some of the possible routes:

NWM abbey craig map Landscape

Are dogs allowed inside the Monument, Visitor Centre or Legends Coffee House?

Only assistance dogs are allowed in the Monument, in the Visitor Centre, and in Legends Coffee House.

Dog bowls (for water) are available at both the Monument and the car park level, and visitors can ask a member of staff for assistance if needed.

Are dogs permitted on the walks with costumed actors?

Dogs are allowed to join their owners during the actor performances, but they should be kept on a lead.