Callendar House
Callendar House
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
For 6 centuries, through wars, rebellions and the industrial revolution, Callendar House has played host to many great historical figures: Mary, Queen of Scots, Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Charlie.Costumed interpreters bring history to life: sample authentic Georgian food, listen to stories about life below stairs, and watch the kitchen staff go about their daily tasks. Wed-Sun: 10am-5pm Closed Tuesday
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  • Lesley
    Falkirk, United Kingdom17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good afternoon visit.
    Spent an afternoon here with two grandchildren. Our almost 5 year old asked question after question and really enjoyed it however unsure if we hit it at the wrong time, between 1 and 2 or if it was due to it being the weekend but the only interactive place opened was the kitchen. The printers, record shop, sweet shop etc., were all closed. Went for some lunch which was really good value for money I thought. Kids juice, sandwich, fruit and cake was only £3.50. However I feel Falkirk Council have missed a huge opportunity with this venue and could make so much more of it. Have no idea why they do not charge a small entrance fee.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Jan H
    Lymington, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Callender House
    The house is run by Falkirk council and includes a thought provoking art gallery. The history of the house, the surrounding area and the people that have lived there is extensive. Very worth seeing especially the old kitchen.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 11, 2023
  • mmmakin
    Harrogate, United Kingdom178 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grounds well worth a visit….
    Walked to it from The Wheel along the canal which was lovely on a sunny day. The woodlands are lovely and quite extensive that surround the house. Did not go in, had dog with me and to be honest it’s more about him than me. Perfect for the pooch. The house is quite impressive on the outside. There was a cafe, coffee was ok not my sort of food on offer.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 13, 2023
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Andy P
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
As we made our way through a housing estate with blocks of flats on all sides we couldn't quite believe the satnav was directing us to the Callendar House I'd seen in pictures on the website.
But there it was looking atmospheric in the parkland. We enjoyed our visit and found the permanent exhibition about the history of the house very interesting. The cafe was perfect with very friendly and attentive staff and we stayed for a very well presented and tasty lunch.
Written February 19, 2020
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Helen F
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
I visited with my family on a light rainy morning. However the grounds are vast and there are plenty of lovely walks and trails to follow whilst admiring the beautiful building and lawns.

Once inside (free entry) my family made our way around the numerous exhibits. We really enjoyed the Roman section and the Kitchen. There is so much to see. The museum was very clean and tidy.

My family booked a table in the tearoom online the night before so that after arriving at 10am we could enjoy a nice drink and some food. I was worried that the tearoom would be very busy but luckily I think we missed the lunchtime rush. Staff were polite, friendly and spoke to us during our time in the tearoom. We enjoyed sandwiches, coffee and cakes in beautiful surroundings.

There really is something for everyone to enjoy. My 9 year old daughter enjoyed following the Wally Dug trail.

In all we spent over 3 hours on site and really enjoyed our visit. I would certainly recommend a visit if you are in the area.
Written August 29, 2021
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Stirling269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Callendar Park has wonderful extensive grounds and woodlands and a lovely wee loch with seats around it which are ideal for enjoying a picnic. After our walk in the colourful autumn woods we went to the House, once a private residence, for lunch in the upstairs restaurant with the impressive original fireplace and beautifully decorated ceiling. The whole experience was most enjoyable with all covid regulations met and charming staff. Lunch was delicious and afternoon teas are available by booking online. The museum part of the house is on several levels from the basement kitchen upwards through the oak staircase and charts the progress of the area from Roman to modern times. Toilets are spacious, wheelchair friendly and clean and there is a small shop on exit. Check online to find opening times and more information.
Written November 6, 2020
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Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a warm review and delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit.
Written December 8, 2020
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Jim F
Oban, UK665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We visited for the first time having meant to for some while. The house is very imposing and impressive from the outside.and houses a museum and Falkirk Archives inside. The displays and interpretation are well set out over three floors. The old kitchen is very impressive and had a huge crackling fire going when we went in. The displays take you through the area's history from the start and particularly impressive is to be reminded that here was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. You would need at least half a day if you were to read everything and try to absorb it, but we were there an hour and a half and felt we had done the visit justice. It would be nice to visit in summer to be able to explore the grounds at their best but well done Falkirk Council for providing such an impressive facility in difficult times for the public sector.
Written October 7, 2021
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JAMel2013
Aberlour, UK42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Another gem for this area.

For us this was part of the Outlander tour. Visit the kitchen as there was a scene filmed here in series 2. Meet and greet with Megan in costume here and feel free to ask her any questions. Maybe not many Outlander fans knows this. Maybe the Council are missing a trick here as it's free entry!

Great information on ground floor about the generations before, second floor was the cafe and an Art gallery at the time of visiting. Third floor is open to revolution displays from the area.

If you stop at the cafe, make sure you really love salad or say that you dont want it coz you'll have your plate full of the stuff if you aren't careful !!
Written October 9, 2022
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patricia f
York, UK566 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A friend who lives in Falkirk recommended this place to us,so pleased she did,we visited twice as the house is so big to see in one day,best part ,all free too.
There is a lift too ,for disabled people like me this was a bonus as it allowed me to see all 3 floors.
The grounds seem to go on forever & are so well kept,well done to everyone that run this place.
Written August 14, 2021
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Patricia L
Stockton-on-Tees, UK544 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We stumbled upon this wonderful house and park by accident. We were looking for somewhere to eat in Falkirk area, we saw a signpost for Callendar house and park. .We had a lovely restful walk in the park which was very impressive and well kept. We entered the House, which has a stunning entrance and we were directed to the tea room. We had our lunch here, the menu had lots of choice. I had tuna sandwich with lots of fresh crunchy salad and coleslaw. My husband had Macaroni chees with lots of salad, he said it was one of the best macaroni cheese he had in a long while. I also had the lemon drizzle cake which was very nice.
We then explored the house and all the exhibitions on different floors. I would recommend Callendar house if you have a couple of hours to spare to learn about the history in the Falkirk area
Written May 17, 2022
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Lesley A
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I visit the grounds of Callendar House regularly and would recommend it as a lovely setting for a walk in the woods and grounds. The house is stunning and a fantastic focal point for the park and extensive grounds.

However, I visited the Tea Room for the first time and was shocked. It is located on the first floor of a fabulous old stately home, but you would think you were in a run down hotel.

They had a radio playing in the Tea Room which sounded like a kitchen radio, meant to keep staff amused. It was a distraction to the setting and I was not expecting to see an iPod speaker sitting on an ancient fireplace, with tinny sounding music in background.

The tables looked like wash down Formica, and would have been better suited to greasy spoon and were not in keeping with the setting.

The food was nice and the staff were friendly. It was just disappointing to see such a mismatch between the setting and the decor.

It felt like a missed opportunity, on something that could have been stunning.
Written February 10, 2023
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Ee-ee_on_tour
Edinburgh, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is an amazing place for an afternoon out - the expansive grounds are beautiful all year round and there is a great Roman fort play park for children. The icing on the cake is the completely free museum inside the beautiful house itself - it is very well kept and super informative and the Georgian kitchen downstairs is amazing. They usually have some sort of treasure hunt running to keep the kids entertained, too. Our three (aged 12, 10 and 6) all had a ball here. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. We will definitely be taking visitors there again soon!
Written November 28, 2022
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Jan H
Lymington, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The house is run by Falkirk council and includes a thought provoking art gallery. The history of the house, the surrounding area and the people that have lived there is extensive. Very worth seeing especially the old kitchen.
Written October 11, 2023
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