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“A Stark Place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Culloden Moor IV2 5EU, Scotland
0844 493 2159
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This battlefield marks the site of the historic 1746 battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Prince Charles.
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“A Stark Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

The site has been preserved in its original condition as a moor - long grass and a windswept plain where so many men tragically died. The battle lines are shown by flags based on detailed research. The Scottish national trust has done a brilliant job with graphics and a battlefield scene showing how the battle progressed to its sad end. Access is direct and easy, making his one of the best we saw in our tour of Scotland

Visited August 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Free for me as I am an National Trust member. Very interesting for adults in explaining the history behind the event and the information is presented in a unique and interesting way. Beautiful architecture and exhibit design. The experience of standing on a battlefield is recreated and was very emotional.

Visited September 2012
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“Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Visiting Culloden Battlefield was one of the highlights of my trip to Scotland. The visitors' center is extremely well done, starting with the museum and short film about the battle. Walking out to the site was a moving experience. It's hard to believe 1,200 men died here. There was also a demonstration of the weapons used in the battle which was interesting. The gift shop was well stocked with anything you might want.

Visited August 2013
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“Revamped visitor centre is good...but they're 'chasing the dollar'!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

First of all, the new lay out of the visitor centre is very good and very informative - a big improvement on before. We enjoyed most of our visit and as members of NTS we found it to be overall good value. Only downside was that certain aspects, particularly the 'costumed displays' were cancelled due to private tours. The centre needs to remember they cannot survive on private tours alone...

Visited August 2013
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“Expensive if you don't appreciate your history.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

If you don't appreciate your history you will find this attraction very expensive, straight away it's £2.00 for parking. Once inside its £10 for an adult, and a guide booklet is a further £5.

From the first impressions of the visitor centre you can imagine why they take the money off you as it is very well done and must have cost quite a bit to build and furnish. It is though very impressive with lots of good displays to see and a huge amount of information to read up on from both the Jacobite and Government side of the battle. It is all laid out in a logical manner starting with the events leading up to the battle, then the battle itself and finally the aftermath.

When I went there was a presentation on with a guide dressed in original battle dress for the day who was very good indeed, he got the audience involved, was extremely knowledgeable about his subject and very engaging. The 360 cinema is average I would say, as is the overview battle video which is a series on screens on the floor showing a birds eye view of the battle; it can be a struggle to hear the narrative.

You can get a GPS interactive guide pad which you take round with you, however I chose to wait for the guided tour from a human and what a great decision this was!! The guide was extremely good, very passionate and animated as he led you around the battle site and again extremely knowledgable about the entire subject. You could tell that he really cared about your experience and your visit to the attraction and wanted you to take away the experience and the facts of what happened.

For lunch I chose a sandwich and drink which was expensive, there was very little selection and the sandwiches soggy but in the defence of the attraction I did eat later than most and just after two coach loads of people had passed through the restaurant so this may explain the lack of choice.

All in all I really loved this attraction but then I love my history. I would recommend it for sure but be prepared to pay high.

Visited August 2013
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