Cowanes Hospital

Cowanes Hospital

About Cowanes Hospital

49 St John Street, Stirling FK8 1ED
01786472247
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Cowane’s Hospital is a 17th century almshouse in the historic city of Stirling. It is also known as The Guildhall, as the Stirling Guildry have held their meetings here for several centuries.

Sadly this highly important gem of Scottish architecture is now at risk and a campaign is underway to raise £3 million to save the building and its wonderful gardens, which includes one of Scotland’s oldest bowling greens and give them a sustainable new future.

There is a coffee shop where visitors can enjoy snacks and drinks, and also have a look inside the great hall.

Cowane’s is in the area known as Top o’ the Town, just below the castle and next to the Church of the Holy Rude where King James VI was crowned.

Please lend a hand

Cowane’s was the home of Scotland’s second oldest charity (a separate organisation called The Patrons of Cowane’s Hospital Trust) but after nearly 400 years the building is now in need of your support. Sadly even the lovely statue of the founder, John Cowane, has suffered.2015-01-20 - HB pic with JC hand

Please lend a hand, help maintain Cowane’s for future generations and get Auld Staneybreeks repaired. You can make a donation via PayPal by pressing the Donate button at the top of the page.

Events and hire

Please note that as we prepare for a major restoration project we are only able to cater for quite a small number, and limited types, of events bookings.

Once the work is complete we will have excellent new facilities available for activities of all kinds.

The restoration project will also mean that the hospital will be closed from the summer of 2018 to autumn 2019.

If you have any questions please get in touch.

The Cowane’s Hospital Maintenance Trust, Registered Scottish Charity SCO42873

Upcoming Events at Cowanes Hospital

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Santa’s Procession and Christmas Lights Switch On
Come along to Santa’s Procession and the Christmas Lights Switch On in Stirling City Centre on 18th November!
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Join Rough Castle Experiences for a magical sound and light family adventure taking you back in time at their first event “Legion”, a family event like no other!
Handmade Exhibition
Explore our annual Christmas sale of arts and crafts made in Scotland at Macrobert Arts Centre, back for a forth year, and maybe pick up a Christmas gift or two!
Forth Valley Girl Guides Christmas Fayre
Join the Forth Valley Girl Guides on 17th November for their Christmaas Fayre and help raise funds for their upcoming International trip to Mexico in July 2019!
Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks: Stirling Castle
Stirling’s spectacular Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks returns with a simultaneous display from the grounds of Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument.

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