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Church of the Holy Rude

Marvel at the exquisite stained-glass windows and hear tales of coronations in this delightful church set amid views of the Stirling countryside.

The Church of the Holy Rude is an extraordinary 15th-century church in front of a winding path decorated by headstones. Among the oldest sites in Stirling, the Stewart Kings chose it to host their baptisms and coronations. Capture photos of the church with the cemetery in the foreground and the undulating fields as a backdrop.

Pick up a leaflet or guidebook with information about the church as you peruse its ornate interior. Inspect the stained-glass windows that depict Biblical figures and tales.

Walk around the cemetery and note the stones dating from the 1500s. See the exceptional stone containing an engraving of body snatching. It depicts the crime of a local gravedigger who sold a corpse for dissection. The Valley Cemetery was added in the 19th century and contains impressive statues by Alexander Handyside Ritchie.

Learn the fascinating history of this church, which played a role in several wars. It was damaged during the Siege of Stirling Castle in 1651. Note the holes still visible today from musket shots.

Attend a service and drop your toddlers off at the crèche or bring your children to the Young Church. Purchase souvenirs, cards and church relics from the gift shop at the welcome desk.

Find out about the coronation of the infant King James IV of Scotland in 1567. This is the only active church in Britain besides Westminster Abbey to have hosted a coronation. The origins of the church date back to 1129, although the oldest parts of the modern-day church are from the 1400s.

Visit the church on any day year-round from late morning until afternoon. Entrance is free, but donations are expected.

The Church of the Holy Rude is a short walk northwest of Stirling’s city center. Visit nearby attractions, such as the ruined building of Mar’s Wark and the stately mansion of Argyll’s Lodging. Climb the hill of Castle Wynd to reach Stirling Castle at the summit and enjoy the views of the town and the countryside.


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Lodging Near Church of the Holy Rude

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The Stirling Highland Hotel $92
The Stirling Highland Hotel

The Stirling Highland Hotel

29 Spittal Street, Stirling
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 563 reviews
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    Located in the heart of Stirling, this spa hotel is steps from Old Town Jail and Tolbooth. Mar's Walk and Church of the Holy Rude are also within 5 minutes.

    Hotel Colessio $92
    Hotel Colessio

    Hotel Colessio

    33 Spittal Street, Stirling
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 194 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Stirling, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tolbooth and Old Town Jail. Mar's Walk and Church of the Holy Rude are also within 10 minutes.

      Stirling Youth Hostel $54
      Stirling Youth Hostel

      Stirling Youth Hostel

      St John Street, Stirling
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 6 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Stirling, this eco-friendly hostel is steps from Old Town Jail, Tolbooth, and Mar's Walk.

        Munro Guest House $87
        Munro Guest House

        Munro Guest House

        14 Princes St, Stirling
           
          4.8
          of 5, from 10 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Stirling, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Tolbooth, Old Town Jail, and Argyll's Lodging. Mar's Walk and Church of the Holy Rude are also within 15 minutes.

          Royal Gardens Apartments
          Royal Gardens Apartments

          Royal Gardens Apartments

          1 Royal Gardens, Stirling
             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Stirling, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Smith Art Gallery and Museum and Church of the Holy Rude. John Cowane's Hospital and Argyll's Lodging are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            XV Albert Place
            XV Albert Place

            XV Albert Place

            15 Albert Place, Stirling
               
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Stirling, this apartment building is close to Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Old Town Jail, and Church of the Holy Rude. Also nearby are Tolbooth and John Cowane's Hospital.

              Victoria Square Guest House $110
              Victoria Square Guest House

              Victoria Square Guest House

              12 Victoria Square, Stirling
                 
                4.9
                of 5, from 52 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Stirling, this luxury guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Art Gallery and Museum, John Cowane's Hospital, and Old Town Jail. Argyll's Lodging and Tolbooth are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Castlehill Apartment
                Castlehill Apartment

                Castlehill Apartment

                29d Lower Castle Hill, Stirling
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Stirling, this property is close to Stirling Castle, Argyll's Lodging, and Mar's Walk. Also nearby are John Cowane's Hospital and Church of the Holy Rude.