Friday, 15 August 2014

TELLING THE STORY OF A NATIONAL HERO… at Scotland’s National Wallace Monument

Groups arriving at Stirling’s famous National Wallace Monument might well find themselves being welcomed by a sword-wielding warrior from Wallace’s army!  Perhaps they will notice a few other nasty-looking weapons in his armoury, as he demonstrates how Scotland’s National Hero managed to see off his enemies.

Regular performances by costumed actors are just one of the features of the Monument, a striking tribute to Scotland’s ‘Braveheart’, which towers above the woodlands of the city’s Abbey Craig.

As leader of the Scottish army which triumphed at The Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, William Wallace’s victory ensured that his name would become central to the story of the Scottish nation, and the exhibits and displays within the newly-refurbished Monument show just how he masterminded his victory, and how his legacy endures to this day.
 In a new film – commissioned especially for the Monument, Wallace is depicted in conversation with Andrew de Moray (who had fought alongside him in the battle), and of course visitors can also see Wallace’s legendary sword, a powerful symbol of the hero’s courage.  It now has pride of place in the Hall of Heroes – where the achievements of other famous Scots are recognised, from Robert Burns to Robert the Bruce, who led Scotland to victory at The Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

Special discounts are available for groups (10+) visiting the Monument (which is open every day), and further information can be obtained from www.nationalwallacemonument.com.

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