You can obtain your entrance ticket at the Visitor Reception Building (in The Car Park area), or at the Reception Desk in The Monument. A minibus courtesy service operates between The Car Park and The Monument.
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 unable to use the staircase can use the facilities in The Keeper’s Lodge, at the entrance level).
As you begin your visit you can collect a personal handset (supplementary charge payable) with an audio commentary to guide you through all the features of this famous building. (Handsets with an audio commentary in German, French, Spanish and Italian are available free of charge).
The stakes could not be any higher.
The forces of William Wallace and Andrew de Moray face the army of King Edward I across the River Forth.
In this gallery the story is told of how the Battle of Stirling Bridge was fought and won, with an illuminated map showing exactly where the events of 11th September 1297 took place, whilst Wallace and de Moray are depicted in a film, discussing the aftermath of the conflict, and what it means for Scotland.
The second floor gallery tells the story of Wallace’s life – and of how he came to be acclaimed as a national hero, who would inspire generations of Scots through the centuries.
The striking centrepiece on this floor is the Wallace sword, a powerful symbol of his courage and skill, presented on stone quarried from the Abbey Criag when the Monument was being built.
This is where you can uncover some of the facts and figures behind the building of this Victorian masterpiece, now recognised and admired as a national landmark.
A miniature version of the Tower in this gallery allows children to get to grips with building their own Monument.
When you reach The Crown at the top of The Monument the view will take your breath away.
It’s one of the finest sights Scotland has to offer, from Ben Lomond and The Trossachs in the West, and through The Forth Valley past the city of Stirling and The Ochil Hills to The Pentland Hills in the East.