Stirling Castle voted the UK’s favourite heritage attraction

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Stirling Castle, home to the Stewart dynasty, has been voted the UK’s favourite heritage attraction, beating historic  sites such as  The Tower of London, The Houses of Parliament and Hampton Court Palace.

Since the first written reference to the site in the early 12th century, Stirling Castle has witnessed the coronation of Scottish monarchs – including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1543 – and withstood eight sieges, the last being by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746.

For more information on the archaeology of Stirling Castle, see our feature,  ‘Fit for a King’, in  CA  253

Run by Historic Scotland, the castle is one of the largest in Scotland and recently reopened its palace apartments following a £12 million project to restore its interiors to how they may have looked in the 1540s, based on historical and archaeological research.

The survey by Which? Travel asked visitors about  value for money, customer service and quality of information.

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at Historic Scotland said: ‘The castle has witnessed some of most famous events in Scottish history and we want it to be somewhere that visitors return again and again to create new memories.’


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