Church of the Holy Rude Tour

Take a walk in the footsteps of kings and queens in this tour of The Church of the Holy Rude, founded in 1129.

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Church of the Holy Rude Tour
About Church of the Holy Rude Tour

Take a walk in the footsteps of kings and queens through this wonderful old church.

The Church of the Holy Rude is the second oldest building in Stirling after the castle. Founded in 1129 during the reign of David I (1124 - 1153) as the parish church of Stirling.

"Holy Rude" means Holy Cross, giving it the same origin as Holyrood in Edinburgh. David I's church was destroyed with much of Stirling by a catastrophic fire in March 1405. Shortly afterwards a grant was made by the Lord Chamberlain of Scotland to have a new church built. The Nave, South Aisle with rounded Scots pillars, Gothic arches and original oak-timbered roof and the Tower were completed about 1414.

In 1567 the infant King James VI was crowned here, by which time the church was a reformed place of worship. Bullet marks on the tower may date from a siege of Stirling Castle by Cromwell's troops in 1651.

Because of its close links with the castle, the church is the only one in the United Kingdom other than Westminster Abbey to have held a coronation and still be a living church today.

Learn more about this fascinating building on our special tour.

Limited amount of on-street parking not far from the church in Spittal Street, St John’s Street, Broad Street, St Mary’s Wynd, and a little further away in Baker Street and along Upper Castle Hill along the north side of Stirling Castle.

Disabled parking spaces are available in the driveway up to the church of the Holy Rude, and outside Cowane’s Hospital.

The church is wheelchair accessible.

Free but donations welcome.

Family-friendly tour.

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