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“A disappointment”

The Battle of Bannockburn Experience
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Owner description: An incredible new experience that changes how you learn about Scottish history. The brand new Battle of Bannockburn visitor experience; an innovative attraction with state-of-the-art 3D battle simulation that transforms the way visitors of all ages learn about Bannockburn.
Reviewed 5 July 2014

After visiting Culloden we were expecting a similiar experience. However we found the interpretive center to be lacking. Felt like we were watching cartoons. The grounds were nice and the memorial up from the center was well done. Not good value for your money.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Externally this new building look as if they were short of the bricks on the front and no obvious entrance when the automatic glass door is closed. Staff were friendly but seem to be confused about the booking procedure. How can a single WC in the gents cope with a bus load of kids. Yes there is an archaic trough urinal and a trough sink but it has auto taps and soap. Cafe has a good menu but why store the crisps on the floor. White metal tables and chairs are not right for the cafe with the great view.
The 3D glasses do not fit adults for the puppet show but maybe that is intentional.The projected images are fantastic if you hold on to your 3D cardboard specs. Fortunately you don't need them in the Battle Room. More seating would be appreciated in this area.
Fortunately being NTS members we did not have to pay. Possibly there are teething troubles or was the Architect's brief correct?

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

I was expecting an educational and informative visitor centre similar to that at Culloden, but I was to be totally mistaken. £11 per adult is very expensive for just a few minutes of presentation. The first stage is a 3D movie - I don't think they could have produced a poorer example of an educational 3D film if they tried. The 5min film was awkward cartoon figures trying to explain the history, but they kept talking and switching from side to side and king to king and within 30secs you were left wondering who they were now talking about. The figures appeared as if they were from a cheap school history PC program. The cardboard 3D glasses were of such poor quality that they would not fit on your ears and lacked much 3D 'power', which I guess is due to the coloured transparent paper lenses. Second step was another 5min film, equally poor.
Third step was the big 3D experience. around 300degrees of the visitor is another computer generated representation of the various soldiers used during the battle projected onto the walls and meant to fighting across the room from side to side - the theory is great, the execution is poor. It appears as if the system is being run off a too slow computer as the characters are moving too slow and jerky,lack definition, arrows disappear across the room and the whole system lacks 3D, although there were flashes of what this could have been when a 3D horse appeared in the middle of the room for a few seconds. The real life presenter was obviously bored and lacked any enthusiasm and did not really narrate the experience. This took another 5 mins. The only interesting bit was the battle room, with a map of the area and little dots moving around it showing you the troop movements during the battle - this was educational and informative and the real life presenter was good at his job, however this only lasted 5mins and was of limited value as it did not tie into any other information, for example the troop types, etc.

The last part of the tour was visiting the memorials and looking across the battlefield. This part is actually free and can be accessed directly from the car park around the side of the building. The should have had a viewpoint board with arrows pointing to areas where troops were deployed etc as they do at Culloden for visitors to get a real feel as to what was going on.

My recommendation, is have a quick read on the internet before you go about the battle and then use the free car park to visit the memorials. The 3D experience is short and boring with no additional tactile exhibits and virtually steals £11 per adult - save this money.

6  Thank MagicianManchesterUK
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We attended the live battle reenactment on Saturday, June 28. It was entertaining due to the narrator. He was funny and did a good job. However, it was not quite what I expected. I think I was expecting something more grand. Unfortunately, it started raining and spoiled the rest of the day. I was looking forward to all the exhibits and music. Oh well, you can't control the weather. It was fascinating to learn the history.

1  Thank Ekehl
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

It was fine, we paid for the 3d tour and I wasn't that impressed with it. They were getting ready for a big festival as well.

2  Thank Wendy R
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