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Bannockburn centre opens for final season

24 February 2012

The National Trust for Scotland’s Bannockburn Heritage Centre opens for visitors on   1 March 2012 for its final season.

The 1960s building is being replaced by a brand new visitor centre set to open in 2014 to coincide with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Property Manager Scott McMaster said:

“The centre has been at the heart of Bannockburn for a long time and has served it well. Our last year here will be a big success. There are series of living history events from ‘strictly swashbuckling’ to academic talks. I urge everyone to see Bannockburn as it is now for the last time. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors from near and far and sharing our knowledge of this important place with them.

“We’ll also be looking ahead to the amazing new facilities we’ll have onsite from 2014 – it’s going to be a whole new era for Bannockburn and visitors will be blown away.”

The existing visitor centre will close on 31 October and will then be demolished. In 2013, there will be temporary visitor facilities onsite and the Bannockburn team will carry out an education outreach programme.

Construction for the new state-of-the-art visitor centre is set to start in mid-2012.

Generously supported by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the new facility will provide an unrivalled visitor experience making use of the latest technology to bring visitors face to face with medieval battle, and telling the story of this complex battle as accurately as possible.

Anyone interested in learning more about the plans for 2014 is invited to attend a community coffee afternoon on Tuesday 13 March at 4.30pm, where the project team will share the latest developments.

Notes for editors

  • The Battle of Bannockburn Project is a joint venture by the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, to provide a new visitor centre and experience for one of the most significant battles in Scotland’s history for the 700th anniversary in the 2014.

  • The design team include:
    • Architectural Team – Reiach and Hall with Sinclair Knight Merz (Engineer), Turner and Townsend (QS) and KJ Tait (M&E Engineers)
    • Interpretation consultant – Bright White
    • Landscape Architects – Ian White Associates
    • Digital Design - Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (CDDV)

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The National Trust for Scotland is one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities, which relies on the financial support of its members to fund its important work of caring for the natural and cultural heritage of Scotland for everyone to enjoy

For further information

David Gray
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8588 or 07854 366 805


Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr, NTS, 0844 493 2483 / 07713 786277