Wallace Monument earns freedom with reopening

The National Wallace Monument is to reopen from Tuesday after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sally Jeffrey visitor attraction assistant at the Wallace Monument cleans the case which houses the William Wallace sword in the Hall of Arms room at the monument

Built between 1861 and 1869, the 67-metre tower commemorates Sir William Wallace, the Guardian of Scotland who was executed in 1305. Stirling District Tourism, which operates the monument, have put in place measures to allow for social distancing.

The monument will be open from 10am to 5pm every day and reservations must be made in advance.

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In recent months it has been illuminated in blue to support the NHS and in rainbow colours as a sign of hope during lockdown.

Ken Thomson, marketing manager at Stirling District Tourism, said: “As one of the city’s flagship heritage properties, the monument has an important role to play in re-building Stirling’s visitor economy.

“It is especially poignant that the reopening comes as we approach key anniversary dates. In September every year we mark the anniversary of William Wallace’s triumph at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, and this year we can also look back on 25 years since the European premiere of Braveheart.”

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