Bannockburn

[Robert the Bruce, Bannockburn]

The Battle of Bannockburn in June 1314 was one of Scotland's biggest victories in the Wars of Independence, when an army commanded by Robert the Bruce overwhelmed much larger English forces led by Edward II near Stirling Castle. Battlefields can be underwhelming places to visit - there's often not much there except a field bearing little sign of what once took place. But here the National Trust for Scotland have pulled out all the stops in creating something unique, centred on a striking visitor centre which opened in 2014. The Battle Room Experience is at the heart. This uses an impressive array of interactive technology including holograms and motion sensors, perfectly designed to appeal to teenagers but bewilder their elderly grandparents. After "preparing for battle" by trying out different weapons and meeting soldiers from both Scotland and England (and Wales), you're assigned to one of the sides to engage in a (non-physical) re-enactment of the battle.

[Bannockburn]

Name: Battle of Bannockburn ★★★
Location: A872, south side of Stirling, G.R.: NS 797905 / rushed hunter submit
Open (2017): Daily - Battle Room Experience must be booked in advance.
Cost (2017): Battle Room: £11.50 (adults), £8.50 (children), free for National Trust for Scotland members; Rest of site: Free

[Inside the Battle Room]

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