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Stirling Castle enjoys boost in visitor numbers

10 October 2011

Stirling Castle has enjoyed a great visitor season following the opening of the £12 million Castle’s renaissance palace in June, giving visitors the opportunity to step back in time to the sumptuous world of Stirling Castle’s royal court.   

There were 50,196 visitors in June this year, an increase of 15% in comparison with June last year.

July was also very encouraging with 72,573 visitors, an increase of 13 per cent on the previous July when there were 64,371  visitors.   In addition, Scottish visitors accounted for 47 per cent of all visitors in July.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said:  “It is really encouraging to see such an increase in visitors to Stirling Castle this Summer following the investment in the new renaissance palace.  It is a major new heritage attraction, and in addition the palace was also the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots, who lived there with her mother, Mary of Guise.  

“The newly refurbished royal apartments are a testament to the research of our archaeologists, historians and skilled craftsmen and bring history to life. The interactive activities mean that even the youngest visitors can enjoy themselves whilst learning  about our fascinating heritage.

“The costumed performers and castle staff engage directly with the visitors to reveal all about the restoration, the castle’s history and the famous historical figures that have lived there in a way that is completely new for Historic Scotland. The palace apartments have been hugely popular with all of the visitors but it is also really wonderful that so many Scots have taken the opportunity to see this incredible Castle and I hope that those that haven’t yet visited will take the opportunity to see it for themselves.”

Notes for editors:

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  • Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
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