A Royal Unveiling: Stirling Castle

Kid Friendly, What's New — By Christina Maria Paschyn on May 31, 2011 at 6:00 am

Summer is here, and you’ll probably be looking for interesting excursions to fill your weekends. Why not take a day trip to Stirling Castle? Located 40 miles northwest of Edinburgh, Stirling Castle rivals Edinburgh Castle in magnificence and even importance (Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here in 1543). Tourists will enjoy the many nooks and crannies to explore; must stops include The Great Hall – the largest banqueting hall in Scotland – as well as the Royal Chapel and medieval kitchen.

Newly Refurbished Interior of the Royal Palace

Newly refurbished interior of the Royal Palace

Even more exciting, Stirling Castle’s James V’s Palace will finally be unveiled to the public this Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, after having been closed to the public for nearly a decade for refurbishment. Historic Scotland spent £12 million pounds to restore the palace, including several intricate tapestries made for Mary Queen of Scots. They’ve apparently done such a remarkable job that officials say if the Royal Palace’s medieval residents were to see it today, they would immediately feel at home!

Get a sneak peak of the restoration at BBC News. Better yet, see it for yourself at the castle’s special reopening event this weekend called, “A Palace Fit for a Queen.” It will feature actors in period costume, as well jugglers, games, military displays and medieval cooking. There will even be a parade on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. It’s a great way to treat your kids to some ancient fun.

Costumed tour guides will be on hand to talk about the palace

From 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on both days. Tickets are limited and cost £13 for adults and £6.50 for kids. So book now!

[All images courtesy of BBC News]

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