Callendar House, Falkirk

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Callendar House is a mansion set within the grounds of Callendar Park in Falkirk, central Scotland. During the 19th century, it was redesigned and extended in the style of a French Renaissance ch√Ęteau fused with elements of Scottish baronial architecture. However, the core of the building is a 14th-century tower house.During its 600-year history, Callendar House has played host to many prominent historical figures, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria. The current building is by far the most substantial historical building in the area, with a 300ft frontage. It is protected as a category A listed building, and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens.HistoryThe house lies on the line of the 2nd-century Antonine Wall, built by the Romans from the Firth of Clyde to the Firth of Forth. In the 12th century Thanes Hall or Thane House, located to the east of the present house, was one of the seats of the Callander family who were Thanes of Callander. In the fourteenth century the 5th Thane Sir Patrick Callander, supported the claim of Edward Balliol to the throne of Scotland. Sir Patrick Callander was later attainted and his estates were forfeited.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Beautiful setting. The kitchen is so interesting ( thanks to Mary and her wonderful history lesson ). The rest of the house inside is decidely quite boring with nothing but lots and lots. . .and lots ...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    A lovely large period Mansion, that informs you of some of falkirk history, set in lovely grounds, that are nice to go for a walk in, also have a boating lake.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    I came to Callendar Park with a friend as it was a lovely day and we wanted to have a walk round the beautifully maintained gardens of the park. When we were ready for something to eat we decided, rat...  more »
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  • Callendar House is one of the must see local attractions in Falkirk. My wife and I got married here in 2015 making it a special place for us. The house is steeped in history having been visited by the Romans to Royals in recent times. It has been used as a filming location for shows such as Outlander (Falkirk Community trust really need to shout louder about this). There's plenty to learn in the exhibitions and there's also a tea room to relax in. The house is surrounded by Callendar Park which includes a play area, boating pond, pitch and putt, woodland trails for cyclists, runners and dog walkers. Overall it's a great family day out.
  • Great place! Friendly, helpful staff and amazing house with many interesting exhibits to browse through. There was also an art exhibition focusing on the women's suffrage movement. My only problem was lack of time to look at everything! We only realised they have a big kids' playground as we were leaving so will definitely be back.
  • Wonderful building although rather interesting route get there by car. Good history with plenty of information available. Great use of volunteers enacting previous roles. Cafe was a bit expensive though.
  • My husband and I spent a lovely few hours here last Saturday. enjoyed learning about Scottish history and the changing owners of the house but what we really liked were the friendly staff especially the man at reception. He was very welcoming and when we expressed an interest in the Antonine wall he gave us a booklet with further information. The lunch was great loved the vegetable broth and my husband enjoyed his mince /veg with baked potato.
  • Free entry to this historic house. Wander around the various floors with different types of local history. Must visit if you're in the area. Has a good tearoom.

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