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Callendar House, Falkirk

(4.2/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This mansion situated within the Calendar Park in Falkirk, not too far from Glasgow. But if you are travelling by train it is hard to find. Not too far from Falkirk station but not many sighs to direc...  more »
  • Have stayed all my life in Falkirk district and visit here was super. Lot of interesting things i never knew about the area that were fascinating. One slight downside was the cafeteria which was wildl...  more »
  • To get to the house you go through an area with tower blocks, the park surrounding the house is well kept with lots of walks and good play ground for kids, there is a pitch and putt and loch also. The...  more »
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  • A stunning piece of Falkirk's history, kept well as a museum in its own right. Well worth visiting and donating to. They have a charming reception area with tasteful Scottish gifts and a lovely tea room upstairs. Perfect for getting a quick bite to eat and enjoy the view. The kitchens are one of my son's favourite parts as well as the clock building area. I enjoy the 60's replica music shop and upstairs at the modern history area. It's easy enough to get around most of the museum with a pram, there are lifts to get up and down most areas, although there are a few areas that are easier accessed without wheels. The toilet and changing areas are well kept and big enough for a single buggy to go into.
  • Fantastic Exhibitions and the surrounding grounds are a hidden gem.
  • Shame that it needs as much work as it does these days. I remember it being always busy and people constantly going round it. It may be free to enter but donate something to them. Don't let this house fall too far into disrepair
  • Loads of historical facts as well as great tea room and lovely gardens All for a donation!
  • Good attractions for free, but some displays could do with being updates