The Battle of Bannockburn
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The Battle of Bannockburn

Getting here

The Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre is approximately 2 miles south of Stirling.
Address Bannockburn Glasgow Road Whins of Milton Stirling FK7 0LJ

By car – Take the M80/M9, and exit at junction 9. Follow the A872 towards Stirling. The centre is approximately 2 miles from the motorway, on the west side of the A872. 

By bus – A number of services run from Stirling, approximately 2 miles away.

By train – Stirling railway station is approximately 2 miles from the centre.

Bike racks are available at the visitor centre.

Contact information

Telephone: 01786 812 664

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Opening times

Site
Current periodAll year, daily until dusk
Visitor Centre & Exhibition
3 Jan–28 Feb, daily, 10.00–17.00 1 Mar–31 Mar, daily, 10.00–17.30 1 Apr–30 Sep, daily, 09.30–18.00 Current period1 Oct–31 Mar 2020, daily, 10.00–17.00 25 Dec–26 Dec, closed 1 Jan–2 Jan, closed

Entry prices

Site
Adult
Free
Family
Free
One adult family
Free
Concession
Free
Child
Free
Visitor Centre & Exhibition
Adult
£11.50
Family
£30.50
One adult family
£25.50
Concession
£8.50

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £4.00

Planning your visit

What to expect

Your visit will take you through a thrilling 3D interpretation of characters and events as you ‘Prepare for Battle’. It culminates in a visit to the Battle Room where you can either take part in a battle with other visitors or watch as it plays out.

Entry is by pre-booked time slots – tickets are available to book online.

The reception desk is located to your right when you enter the visitor centre (within the gift shop). You can buy tickets here for the 3D battle experience or find out more about the site.

If you’d like to visit our café before the 3D experience, it’s straight down the hallway on your left.

3D battle experience

Please note that the 3D battle experience is a dark and loud environment. There is very low lighting throughout and there are often loud, overlapping noises from the various battle scenes (including scenes of a violent nature). Unless otherwise requested, visitors should expect to be on their feet most of the time when touring the main exhibition; a visit lasts approximately 80 minutes.

The battle experience room is kept at cooler temperatures to keep our technology from overheating. We advise bringing a jacket if you get cold easily.

The 3D battle experience takes place in an open plan area. Entrance to the prologue film room is through a curtained doorway through which you will be led by a guide at your allocated start time. The two 3D films in this room last approximately 3 minutes each.

Following the introductory films, your guide will lead you through a wide doorway into our central area (known as ‘Prepare for Battle’), which consists of large 3D screens entirely covering the walls of the circular room. Here, battle scenes will be described to you by your guide (around 10 minutes), then you will be given approximately 15 minutes to explore this room yourself. Within this room you’ll find a number of tactile exhibits displaying replica medieval armour, weaponry and clothing.

Touch-sensitive computer screens positioned at a low level will show you how the next part of the 3D experience works (the Battle Game). There are interactive Character Stations at the sides of the room, which are motion-sensitive and provide you with additional information about the role and tactics of individual people who were involved in the Battle of Bannockburn. Your guide will remain with you in this room, so if you require any additional assistance or have any questions please feel free to ask.

Battle Room

When instructed by your guide, you will enter through a doorway into the circular Battle Room with a large, low-level, virtual map in the centre. Each visitor is given an allocated position to stand or sit around the map (wheelchair accessible). If you’d like to observe the Battle Game rather than participate in it, then you may enter this area via a ramp to either side of the Battle Room and observe the game from a raised viewing gallery. Before the game commences, your guide will show you the events of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 on the 3D map, and will then explain the instructions of the Battle Game.

During the Battle Game each position is allocated a number which corresponds to a troop of soldiers in either the Scottish or English armies. Your guide (the Battlemaster) will give each participant a range of options of what they can do with their troop of soldiers on their turn (eg move to a different location on the 3D map or virtually attack another troop of soldiers). Your aim is to keep your troop of soldiers alive and help your army/team to ‘win’ Stirling Castle. You’ll spend approximately 45 minutes in the Battle Room.

Once the game has ended, you’ll be instructed to exit the Battle Room via the door you entered by and your guide will indicate that you are to turn right and follow the short corridor to the Epilogue film room where you can watch the final 3D film of the experience (approximately 6 minutes in length) before exiting through the wide automatic door into the brightly lit café area.

Grounds, shop and café

While entry to the 3D experience is via paid, timed-entry slots, visitors are welcome to explore the outdoor grounds and access the café and gift shop for free.

Suitability for children

The Battle of Bannockburn experience portrays the often brutal consequences of medieval conflict in a dark, immersive 3D environment. Highly realistic computer-generated imagery shows soldiers being killed and injured, and includes dramatic close-ups of men being struck with arrows, axes and swords. This is a theatrical, violent (but bloodless and not overly graphic) depiction of medieval battle.

Parents, teachers and guardians should consider what is age-appropriate for children in their care.

To find out more about school visits at the Battle of Bannockburn Experience please visit out learning website.

We think the experience is suitable for visitors aged 7 years and above. However, you know your child; some content might not be right for some children.

Please note that all those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We reserve the right to refuse entry to those who are not accompanied by an adult and are unable to prove they are 16 or over.

There is a large car park and a designated coach park beside the visitor centre.

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Entry is by pre-booked time slots – tickets are available to book online.

For more information about planning your visit please see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by email: bannockburn2014@nts.org.uk or telephone: 01786 812664.

Facilities

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Accessible parking
Accessible toilet
Baby changing
Café
Children’s activities
Coach parking
Free member parking
Highchair
Self-guided trail
Shop
Toilet
Wheelchair access

Accessibility

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre strives to be a welcoming, inclusive and safe place for all. We care deeply about providing the best possible experience for our visitors and to meet their individual needs to the best of our capabilities.

Familiarisation pre-visit

We offer free familiarisation visits to assess if our facilities can meet your individual needs. Please call 01786 812664 to book a visit or for more details.

Helpers and carers

A helper or carer is welcome to accompany a disabled visitor without any additional charge. When booking online please select ‘carer’ from the ‘pass type’ section, or call 01786 812664 to book tickets quickly and easily over the phone with support from one of our Visitor Services Assistants. Assistance dogs are welcome in the visitor centre.

3D battle experience

Please note that the 3D battle experience is a dark and loud environment. There is very low lighting throughout (as in a cinema) and there are often loud, overlapping noises from the various battle scenes (which include scenes of a violent nature, but no blood). Ear defenders for adults and children are available for free upon request at the welcome desk. We have a viewing area at the battle table for wheelchair users.

Language

All tours, narrations and interactives are presented in English. Foreign language headsets for the 3D experience are available free of charge upon request at the welcome desk.

Large print scripts

Large print scripts for the 3D experience are available free of charge upon request from the welcome desk.

Accessible parking

The car park has six dedicated disabled parking pays located on the left-hand side adjacent to the visitor centre entrance.

Mobility

A flat path leads to the main entrance, which can be accessed through a set of wide automatic doors. The visitor centre is on one level (ground floor), so you won’t encounter any stairs or lifts during your visit. The grounds are also fully wheelchair accessible via a paved path and ramp. There’s a flat, cobble-stone surface within the rotunda and around the Robert the Bruce statue.

Toilets

Male and female toilets, along with an accessible toilet, are located in the reception area. The accessible toilet has a wide doorway, safety rails/bars and automatic hand-activated flush, taps and hand dryers.

If you have any questions, please call 01786 812664 to discuss our facilities with a Visitor Services Assistant.

We have created a detailed Accessibility Guide for Bannockburn to assist with your visit.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.