Monday, 5 January 2009

a new welcome

A new welcome for a national landmark. New visitor facilities at world-famous monument, set for spring 2009 opening
The visitor experience at one of Stirling’s most distinctive landmarks - The National Wallace Monument - will be enhanced next year following the redevelopment of the area at the base of The Abbey Craig, the main point of arrival for visitors coming to see the famous tower.
The new development has been designed to significantly upgrade visitor facilities at The Monument, and involves the construction of a striking new reception building, with a self-service restaurant and terrace providing panoramic views of The Abbey Craig and The Monument itself, and a re-configuration of the Visitor Pavilion, which houses a ticket sales desk and retail area. The layout at the Car Park area is also being improved to ensure that adequate space is provided for all visitors.
Ken Thomson of Stirling District Tourism stressed the benefits of the project for groups arriving at The National Wallace Monument. “The Monument is a major visitor attraction - not only for Stirling but for all of Scotland, and the first impression that visitors gain on arrival is really important. This project will ensure that the entire experience for visitors lives up to their expectations, and gets their visit off to the best possible start”, he said.
The project is scheduled to be completed early next year, in readiness for the start of the main 2009 visitor season.
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