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 château 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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  • Stopped off here last week on a bitterly cold day. The house contains a number of interesting exhibitions spread over 3 floors, starting with a history of the house itself, moving onto the Antonine Wa...  more »
  • This free museum and former stately home is situated by the Antonine Wall. It is the perfect destination for culture, history and a wonderful afternoon tea. Staff were a delight from the moment we wal...  more »
  • This is a wee gem in Fife! Free entry, take food for the swans or they will look sad! Inside is really interesting and the kitchen is amazing, on a lovely sunny day like today you could happily spend ...  more »
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  • What a beautiful place! Stopped off on our way home from Skye to have lunch in the lovely tea room which overlooks some of the grounds. Entrance is free, the staff lovely and the food is delicious and so cheap. Sandwiches, coffee and cake for 2 around £15! We will be back.
  • Free entry to this historic house. Wander around the various floors with different types of local history. Great for kids. Must visit if you're in the area. Has a good tearoom.
  • Beautiful building, it's quite big, good for tourists. What is good is the fact that the entrance to the building is free and also the surrounding - Callendar Park is really nice.
  • Great free park and museum in callender house... fun for all the family... worth the visit from stirling... nice for picnics too.. and a small gift shop ( don't miss the kitchen room)
  • This magnificent Mansion is a great example of elegance from Falkirk's past with its french and greek influences it truly is outstanding Inside you can walk around the mansion taking in some of Falkirk's past and indulging in some art exhibition it also give you the opportunity to see the only working Georgian kitchen in the country which was used in season two of the popular Outlander TV program The grounds around the house are home to an expanse of forest woodland and lawn grassland it also boasts a golf course a mini golf course and a kids play park
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