A Happy Old Year at Stirling Castle
29 December 2009
Stirling Castle celebrates New Year in Victorian style, with a special event on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd January 2010, from noon to 3.30pm.
You can follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria and be transported back to the 19th century to discover a very different Victoriana Stirling Castle.
In 1842 the young Queen and her new husband Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg toured Scotland and stopped off at Stirling Castle for an unofficial visit. At the time of their arrival at Stirling Castle, this majestic stronghold was operating as a military garrison. Soldiers were recruited there, and trained at it before being sent off across the world to fight for, and take their proud part in building, the British Empire.
Our Victoria and Albert New Year event allows you to look inside two very different worlds as they come together – the heights of the glittering Victorian royal court with its fashion and strict etiquette and the day-to-day life of soldiers and their families, getting by on army rations and waiting to be sent far across the seas in the name of Queen and country.
Meet the beautiful young queen and find out her thoughts on this royal castle, join her as she takes a tour with the governor and hears stories of her ancestors who built and lived in the castle. Hear the gossip and see the latest fashion from the royal court in London and take part in some Scottish dancing as the Queen and her Consort learn the steps.
Then join the soldiers to see what’s on the menu for lunch, get the kids involved in a lesson from the military schoolteacher, and find out how the army celebrated New Year.
So come to Stirling Castle for a very special Victorian experience and get your New Year off to a flying start with this free event, included in the cost of admission to Stirling Castle (current season prices are Adult £9.00, Child £4.50, Concession £7.00, Historic Scotland members free). Admission tickets can be bought online through www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk
Notes for Editors
- Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. From the castle’s ramparts, visitors can take in views over two of Scotland’s most important battle sites – Stirling Bridge (1297) and Bannockburn (1314). The castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town, off M9 junction 9 or 10. Tel: 01786 450000. For details of opening times and further information on the castle, visit www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk.
- Major conservation work has been carried out at Stirling Castle over many years to preserve the attraction as a major national and international monument. An ambitious £12 million scheme, the Stirling Castle Palace Project, is currently underway to restore and refurbish the Royal Palace at Stirling and present the Royal Lodgings as they might have appeared in the heyday of Scotland’s Stewart court in the mid 16th century. An interpretive display on the court of James V will be created in the palace vaults and a Renaissance Gallery on the upper floors of the palace will house the original Stirling Heads, a rare group of intricately carved oak ceiling medallions depicting kings,queens, courtiers and mythological creatures. Costumed interpreters will bring to life the history of the 16th century to enrich visitors’ enjoyment.
- Stirling Castle is one of over 345 outstanding heritage properties and sites in the care of Historic Scotland. Ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals to industrial buildings, these include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country. Among the most popular are Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae, and the Border Abbeys. For further details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places
- Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.
- Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.