Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design
2016 has been designated as a year in which Scotland’s achievements in Innovation, Architecture and Design will be showcased and celebrated. From cutting-edge technology to textiles, architecture and craft, Scotland boasts an outstanding heritage and contemporary practice which continues to inspire audiences across the globe. Stirling Castle is a great canvas for this mix of old and new from the architecture of medieval and renaissance buildings through to the production of modern masterpieces like the Unicorn Tapestries. Below we’ve outlined some of the castle’s most impressive designs and architectural highlights.
The Royal Palace
Originally built for James V in the 1540s, the Palace was returned to its renaissance splendour in 2011. Visitors can visit the royal apartments which have been recreated by master craftspeople from across the globe. The original Stirling Heads take pride of place in the first floor Gallery whilst the Unicorn Tapestries fill the Queen’s Apartments with rich colour.
The Great Hall
Built in 1503 by James IV this magnificent building served as a Parliament and has been the stage for some of Scotland’s most important history and grand celebrations from christenings to coronations. Highlights include the oak hammerbeam roof, stained glass windows and the Minstrels Gallery.
Take the high road with the castle wall walk which extends from the Douglas gardens to the Outer Close. Get a unique perspective on the Castle’s stunning architecture as well as local landmarks like Bannockburn, Stirling Bridge and the National Wallace Monument.
Queen Anne Garden
With Stunning views over the surrounding countryside it’s easy to see why the castle held the key to Scotland. Admire the former royal Hunting grounds and the King’s Knot believed by many to be the location of King Arthur’s Round Table.
This stunning 17th Century townhouse has an air of timeless architectural unity. However its distinct pink harling conceals a complex building history. Open daily 1pm-4pm. Included in Castle Admission
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