The Smith art gallery and museum is an absolute gem. It is Stirling's local museum and has a permanent exhibition covering the Stirling story. It takes the visitor on a journey starting in prehistoric times and going through the centuries right up to the present day. The museum has the oldest football in the world and much else that is of interest. If you want to know more about  William Wallace this is definitely the place to visit. The parking is free and there is a really good cafe selling home made sandwiches, soups and baking. There is also a peaceful garden at the back of the museum if you prefer to picnic.

The Smith is a bit off the beaten track but it's in a lovely part of Stirling beside the King's Knot and well worth the visit.  Please note it is closed on Mondays.