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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

Get directions

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Opening times

Visitor Centre and Battle Experience

Tickets for the battle experience must be purchased in advance for a specific time slot.

1 Oct–19 Mar 2020, daily, 10.00–17.00 20 Mar–29 Sep, closed Current period30 Sep–18 Dec, daily, 10.00–17.00 19 Dec–17 Jan 2021, closed 18 Jan–31 Mar, daily, 10.00–17.00
Site

Current periodAll year, daily

Entry prices

Battle of Bannockburn Experience
Adult
£7.50
Family
£20.00
One adult family
£16.50
Concession
£5.50
Site and Visitor Centre (shop, café and toilets)
Adult
Free
Family
Free
One adult family
Free
Concession
Free
Child
Free

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £4.50

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit to the site – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

The Battle of Bannockburn team have been working hard over the past month to enhance your visit. Enjoy a guided tour through a series of films and exhibits and witness the sights and sounds of medieval battle first hand. The experience also explores the stories of some of the people who fought, as well as debunking common myths and misconceptions.

Entry is by pre-booked time slots – tickets for the Battle of Bannockburn Experience can be booked online.


Bannockburn’s Halloween Spooktacular

Join us outdoors at the Battle of Bannockburn for our Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday 31 October.

Make your way through the spooky woodland trail, solve the riddles and collect your treat.

Entry is through bookable slots every 30 minutes.

Book your time slot now!


What to expect

Your visit will take you through a thrilling interpretation of characters and events as you ‘Prepare for Battle’. It culminates in a visit to the Battle Room where you can watch a digitally re-created version of the battle.

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 battle experience or find out more about the site.

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

Battle experience

Please note that the 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 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 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 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.

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). There is also a raised viewing gallery, which is acessed via a ramp to either side of the Battle Room. Your guide will then show you the events of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 on the map.

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 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 battle 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 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 for the Battle of Bannockburn Experience can be booked 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 & access

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.


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. These will last approximately 15 minutes and will include a brief tour of all the rooms in the visitor centre. Please call 01786 812664 or email bannockburn2014@nts.org.uk to book your familiarisation 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.

Battle experience

Please note that the 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 battle experience are available free of charge upon request at the welcome desk.

Large print scripts

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

Sensory backpacks

We have sensory backpacks that can be borrowed from the front desk free of charge for use outside the battle experience. These have been designed for visitors with ASN of all ages. The backpacks include communication cards, a Battle of Bannockburn-themed story to follow, 3 smelling cubes, 3 pieces of material relating to the armour worn at the battle, and a map activity.

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, cobblestone 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’ve 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.

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

An accessible toilet is located in the reception area. It has a wide doorway, safety rails/bars and automatic hand-activated flush, taps and hand dryers.

Baby changing
Café
Children’s activities
Coach parking
Free member parking
Self-guided trail
Shop

Male and female toilets are located in the reception area.

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, cobblestone surface within the rotunda and around the Robert the Bruce statue.