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Magic, mischief and merriment return to Stirling Castle

17 September 2008

Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most spellbinding strongholds, will once again be transformed into The Castle of Magic on 20th and 21st September when the UK’s largest magic festival returns due to popular demand for a third time.

The fun family event promises a packed programme featuring a host of performances and 15 varied acts by a cast of award-winning magicians, illusionists and conjurers from the UK and beyond.  

Among them are Ali Bongo, one of the world’s most famous and well regarded magicians, Paul Dabek, a Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year, and rising star Drew McAdam, who currently appears on TV as ‘the human lie detector’.

From noon to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday, shows tailored for all ages will be staged in the Great Hall, Chapel Royal and Queen Anne Gardens, and there will also be strolling performers and close-up acts to entertain the crowds throughout the Castle.  Children will have an opportunity to learn tricks in a special magic school, learn the art of balloon modelling and twisting in a fun workshop, and have their faces painted or get fantasy tattoos.

Historic Scotland events manager Nick Finnigan said: “The Castle of Magic has become a real highlight in our annual programme of events at Stirling Castle. This year, we’re delighted to be welcoming a superb line-up of varied acts, and with such a great choice of magical performances being staged, there’s definitely something special for all ages to enjoy.”

Entry to The Castle of Magic event is included in the normal admission price to Stirling Castle - £8.50 for adults, £6.50 for concessions and £4.25 for children.



  • Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture, highlights of which include the gatehouse, the Great Hall, the splendid Renaissance Royal Palace and the Chapel Royal.  A major refurbishment of the interior of the Royal Palace is currently underway and when completed the apartments will be presented as they would have looked in their medieval heyday, complete with fine tapestries, furniture, and decorative ceilings.

  • The Castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town, off M9 junction 9 or 10. Tel: 01786 450000. Admission – Adult: £8.50; Child £4.25; Concessions: £6.50. (Includes admission to Argyll’s Lodging.)

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

Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

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For further information

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
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0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871