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10 October 2023

Stirling Castle opens its doors to a Regal Renaissance

Brand new event welcomes Renaissance fashion shows, live historic craft demonstrations and storytelling to the historic site

A picture of two people in costume wearing masks

Visitors will be taken on a journey into the 16th century at Historic Environment Scotland's new Regal Renaissance event at Stirling Castle this weekend from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October.

Included in admission to the historic site, ticket holders can step into the busy world of Stirling Castle's royal court, gaining an insight into the magnificent Renaissance style of 16th-century castle life. With plenty of activities across the weekend there is something for everyone, from designing your own coat of arms to practicing your curtsy for the queen and her ladies in waiting. Visitors can take the lead and join in on some period dancing, enjoy the glitz and glamour of the Renaissance catwalk, or be entertained by our jubilant jesters throughout the day in The Great Hall.

Gillian Urquhart, Events Manager at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), said:

We're thrilled to be unveiling this brand new event at Stirling Castle, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the grandeur of the life and times of the Renaissance monarch James V. 

"Regal Renaissance offers something for all ages to enjoy and we look forward to welcoming everyone. In fact, visitors are encouraged to visit the Chapel Royal to dress up in our finest selection of Renaissance clothes for a Renaissance selfie!"

Regal Renaissance takes place at Stirling Castle from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October. The Castle will be open from 9.30am for visitors to explore before the event begins.

Tickets to the event are included with entry to the site and cost £17.50 for adults, £14 for concessions, £10.50 for children and under 7s go free. Entry is free for Historic Scotland members and there are a variety of Family ticket packages available.

Find out more about the event.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

  • We are the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment, a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection. It is at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment and addressing the impacts of climate change on its future, investigating and recording architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland and caring for more than 300 properties of national importance. We are also the lead on delivering Scotland's strategy for the historic environment, Our Past, Our Future.
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For further information, please contact:

Laura Ely
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
07721 959 962