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Stirling Castle launches tours for young history hunters

1 October 2012

Stirling Castle, recently voted the UK’s favourite heritage attraction has launched children’s tours for young visitors.

The tours, which were piloted over the summer, are now running every Saturday at 11.15am and Sundays at 2.15pm.  Aimed at children aged 5-12 (but not limited to that age group) the tours are designed to give them an introduction to the castle that they will understand and enjoy.  

Lasting around 30 minutes, the tour allows young intrepid history hunters to uncover various aspects of Scotland’s history from stories of William Wallace and Mary, Queen of Scots to how to fire the perfect cannonball and storm the castle!  

Family tours start from the Queen Anne Garden and are included in the castle admission price.

The castle will also be running additional children’s tours during the October holidays. For further details please contact the castle or visit the Stirling Castle website, www.stirling-castle.gov.uk.

Also taking place at the castle this October is the popular Renaissance Revelry event,  six days of fun for all the family from 11th to 16th October.

Visitors can step back in time and experience different aspects of life in the royal court from the opportunity to dress as a Lord or Lady to trying out renaissance dancing.

Visitors can also test their skills with a cross bow or learn to be a jester at Historic Scotland’s very own ‘Fool Skool’!

Young visitors can also get into the historic spirit by dressing up as their favourite historic hero. Any children who come along to Stirling Castle or any other of Historic Scotland’s ticketed attractions in fancy dress during the school holidays will get a special ‘historic hero’ badge and certificate. By coming along in fancy dress they will be eligible to enter a competition for a year’s family membership which provides unlimited access to all of Historic Scotland’s properties throughout the year, a VIP visit to Edinburgh Castle, lunch and a special goodie bag. People can locate their nearest site by texting HERO to 84118.

Gillian MacDonald, Executive Manager at Stirling Castle said;

“We have been piloting the children’s tours over the summer and they have proved to be hugely popular with young visitors and mums and dads alike!

“The castle certainly lends itself to inspiring young people’s imaginations, and our experienced tour guides will be explaining some of the lesser known stories about parts of the castle as well as stories about some of its most famous residents.

“We are also delighted to be hosting our Renaissance Revelry event again this October. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about life at the castle in years gone by as well as experiencing first hand some great activities from renaissance dancing to attending fool school!”.

““Plus young people can get in on the action by coming along as their favourite historic character!”  

Admission to these events is included as part of the admission price to the castle and is free for Historic Scotland members. For further information on events including timings please visit www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk. For further information on the heroes competition visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/heroes

Notes for editors:

  • For all the latest on what is happening at Stirling Castle, visit our website at www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk and sign up for our free e-newsletter.

  • 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.

  • Historic Scotland around the web:
          www.twitter.com/welovehistory
          www.facebook.com/visithistoricscotland
          www.youtube.com/historicscotlandtv
          www.flickr.com/groups/makeyourownhistory

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: www.visitscotland.com/creative

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at  www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit

For further information


Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858
iona.matheson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk