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“Don't make a special visit - but worth seeing”

William Wallace Statue
Ranked #24 of 161 things to do in Aberdeen
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

This massive statue celebrates the hero of the movie 'Braveheart'; although it pre-dates that historically-inaccurate Mel Gibson block buster by many decades. Wallace is one of the most important historical Scottish figures, who battled English rule over the country centuries ago. It is just across the street from Aberdeen's premier theatre (itself something of an historic site in the Granite City).

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

The statue doesn't look like Mel Gibson at all. Everybody knows that Braveheart did not have a beard and was painted blue and white in his face. This looks more like some person from 1200-something. Or perhaps 1300-something. It's definately worth seing though. There's a good storytelling at the base. The City Council ought to consider cutting some of the trees behind the statue down, so you could take some dramatic pictures against the sky.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

It's a pretty statue set in the part of Aberdeen you should visit. It serves as a good base for seeing the theatre, library and St Mark's church as well as the gardens and Art Gallery. Much of the things around here are being refurbished and redeveloped right now.
It's rightly featured in pictures of the Granite City and is something of an icon.
It is also attractive as part of the (faux) "Braveheart" heritage. There's the quote from Blind Harry about fighting the English. But that is oral history reported one hundred years after it was allegedly said. Believe what pleases you most.

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

This statue sits opposite HMT in the centre of Aberdeen. It has the legendary piece about fighting for freedom on the bottom, It is impressive but you will probably only get a photo with it and move on.

Thank Laurence B
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

Magnificent is the only word to describe this statue standing on its mountain of red granite it is a sight to behold. My favourite of all Aberdeen's many statues Wallace points towards a row of splendid building including the Theatre, St Mark's Church and the Library. Behind sits Prince Albert and to the left Union Terrace Gardens leading onto Union Street.

Thank Kathleen F
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