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WIlliam Wallace Memorial

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Address: St. Bartholomew's Hospital | Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, England

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This small memorial is dedicated to Sir William Wallace who was executed nearby in 1305, famous as one of the main leaders and fighters for Scottish independence. It is an... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2016
Rijeka, Croatia
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Rijeka, Croatia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This small memorial is dedicated to Sir William Wallace who was executed nearby in 1305, famous as one of the main leaders and fighters for Scottish independence. It is an important reminder, not very hard to find and many people are leaving tributes here.

1 Thank Borzov
Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

If you ever saw Braveheart then you would be interested in the William Wallace memorial. A tragic end to a Scottish hero.

Thank Cookster_11
Ashburton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This is a stunning monument with a fantastic view. There is an easy walk to the monument. As always being a tourist is always a shame when you have to pay entry fees for everything & don't always feel that you get value for money.

Thank Abbey R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

It is on the back of Saint Bartholomews so find the hospital and walk around is my best advice. I wandered until I found it. If you are a fan of the movie Braveheart and the story of Wallace - it is a small but touching memorial.

Thank Spelsie
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Mentioned by the tour guide as we were on a Smithfield Walk. Although I've often walked around this area I had not noticed it. Interesting with Scottish independence in the news again.

Thank Margaret E
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Great little hidden gem in London. Accidentally discovered this through TripAdvisor the night before we left London. Anyway, it's a great find and interesting monument. It's difficult to find as the directions lead you away from it. Worth a wee visit, even just to kill sometime trying to find it!

Thank cameronk_uk
Genoa, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Interesting memorial. Kind of hidden and hard to find. Latin states: "I'll tell you the truth: freedom is the best of things. Never live under constraints as servants, sons."

1 Thank Simone C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

This was a complete surprise to find. We were eating at a restaurant right next door, when our tour guide mentioned it. Wow! It is small, but mighty. It's hard to believe that hundreds of years later we could be eating and having a great time in the spot where William Wallace lost his head in his fight for independence... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

This small but respectful memorial is situated here because Wallace was executed nearby in 1305. In those days this was London's main centre for executions. For those interested in the gory details he was hung, drawn and quartered, his head was displayed on a spike on London Bridge and his limbs displayed in Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling and Perth. This is... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

Smithfield is filled with blood! This was the site of many bloody executions, as was Tyburn (see memorial in the road near Marble Arch) and later, Newgate (now the Old Bailey). In the 1550's many Protestants were burnt alive here - many of them women. They were just ordinary Londoners who were condemned under Henry VIII's and his daughter Mary... More 

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