Culloden Battlefield
Culloden Battlefield
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This battlefield marks the site of the historic 1746 battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Prince Charles.
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  • Jaimi M
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interesting Insight
    This kind of experience can be a little triggering to some. I get freaked out by death and war but I love history, so I was able to realize what I could or couldn't handle. This exhibit is extremely insightful and interesting, but very sad. War is always sad. Nonetheless, I don't think there could have been a better way to present what happened at Culloden. Very interactive and great tours throughout the day!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Jo M
    14 contributions
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    Excellent day out!
    This was an excellent day out! The history was made clear and interesting by separating the events between the Jacobites and the Government sides. The exhibits were varied and the speakers were extremely knowledgeable on their subject. We did the walking tour of the battlefield too which brought it all to life. Cafe a little limited but nice food and the shop had a large range of gifts. Would highly recommend!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Caitlin J
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    Highly Recommend
    I always feel strange saying I enjoyed seeing a battlefield, but this was a great stop. Our tour guide, James, through the visitor centre there, was very knowledgable and an enjoyable guide. I wouldn't have wanted to visit without the insight of a guide to give the backstory. What an incredible battle was fought here. Highly recommend the extra couple of pounds for the tour, and visit with the gentlemen showing weapons at the end of the museum!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 11, 2023
  • Ronald R
    Stromness, United Kingdom269 contributions
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    One of the BEST visitor experiences we have had in a long time.
    This was an excellent visit on Saturday the 4th March. The visitor centre has a very good display with the Culloden story being told from both sides of the battle as you walk thro the centre. Jacobites to the right and government to the left, with more info boards in the middle of the aisles. It will take you about an hour at least to do part then there is are tours at various times thro the day. Definitely worth doing the guide was very good and walking the terrain lets you see the problems facing the jacobites mentioned in the displays inside. Its an emotive place particularly as we visited in conditions similar to the day of battle, certainly the events up to that day conspired heavily against the jacobite forces. Certainly the highlands and the the clans paid an heavy and excessive price after this. As you can revisit the centre if you had to break off to catch a tour it would be no problem. The staff from the person at reception to the museum staff and the guides were all very friendly, informative and efficient, a real credit to the place. You can always walk the battlefield without visiting the centre if you want, there are info boards around the field. We had a very good experience in the cafe as well. It was lunchtime and we had some tasty soups and the best tasting pastie i've had for a very long time. Good choice of drinks as well. As it was winter there didn't seem to be any main lunches as it is quieter. But for us soups and snackier foods are what we look for anyway, and these were very good.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • Holly H
    Grand Haven, Michigan127 contributions
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    Fantastic tour from James, wonderful exhibits inside
    We had a wonderful visit to Culloden Battlefield. Our tour guide James was informative and presented the information in a meaningful and pleasant way. The exhibit was so moving. They've done an excellent job with providing information on the movements of the battle and showing exactly where things happened. The cafe food was also very good and reasonably priced. We ended up staying quite a bit longer than we intended. Guidebooks say allow 2 hours; I would actually recommend allowing 3 with the 40 min tour included.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 22, 2023
  • mnasrudin
    London, United Kingdom137 contributions
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    Brilliant moment to soak in global history
    Worth the detour We were passing through. We decided to take the short detour expecting not a lot. It says ‘this way to the Battlefield’. There is the battlefield, but there is so much more. Great exhibition. But the real value was the tour. James brought to life the complexities of what was a global battle that turned history. We imagined the armies, the movements, the battle and the losses. Worth paying the entrance fee and for the tour. It was so good we joined the National Trust. History was made interesting - thanks to James - and made real by being there.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 25, 2023
  • Shannon G
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    10/10
    We went at the end of last week as it was something on my bucketlist. We didn’t realise we booked a tour, but we were glad we did. James was extremely informative and immersive - and I thought I knew all about the Jacobites. My partner even enjoyed it - and he isn’t the biggest fan on Scottish history. We had a wander round after the tour in our own time and it really put things into perspective. I would recommend going early in the morning, to give time to look at everything and immerse yourself into the environment.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2023
  • Geraldine D
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting visit
    Normally we don't do tours but we were glad we did here. James was lively and entertaining and brought the history surrounding the Batle of Culloden to life, as well as challenging misconceptions. We were then able to wander the battlefield by ourselves and go through the exhibition. Well worth the trip.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2023
  • Elisabete A
    7 contributions
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    Definitely a must see!
    Culloden Battlefield is a landmark not to be missed, and the guided tour is a much added value to this experience. Our guide’s passion and dedication to this place and its history was contagious and not easy to forget. Thank you so much James! Also highly recommend a visit to the museum.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 8, 2023
  • AthensAnna615
    Athens, Georgia18 contributions
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    Worth the time!
    It is very clear that so much thoughtfulness and money has gone into this site to preserve its history. The free guided tour was so much better than an audiobook! (Thanks, Gavin!), and the displays inside are worth the time. The kids (17, 13, and 13, but not the 2 year old) really enjoyed it as well!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 10, 2023
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Cruisinlass
Edinburgh, UK89 contributions
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Sep 2020
If you are going during Covid restrictions BOOK in Advance. We only found out when we arrived to visit and had to return another day after we booked a ticket online. Its £11 Adult entry to the visitor centre, although you can visit the gift centre, toilets and cafe free of charge. We were travelling with our dog and due to safety concerns we would never leave our dog in the car. This meant only one of us could visit the exhibition part of the centre. My husband spent an hour there and said it was well worth the £11 entry. We were able to walk through the battlefield site with the dog and it was very good. Please could dog owners pick up after your dogs, you give responsible dog owners a bad name!
Written September 13, 2020
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Hopefam
Methil, UK40 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
Visited here whilst on a trip to Inverness for a few days and it was well worth it. I think the admission price was very reasonable and the audio tour is included which was great! The staff were very welcoming and helpful and we particularly enjoyed the mysteries and myths talk where the knowledgeable staff explained some of the myths about the battle and were happy to answer questions. The visitors centre is very educational and I liked that we could make our way round in our own time using the audio tour which also takes you outside onto the battlefield if you wish. This is a must visit for anyone interested in Scottish history, very accessible and engaging.
Written March 6, 2020
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Jayne G
Braintree, UK17 contributions
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May 2021 • Family
We pre-booked our tickets for the museum before arrival, however walking round the battlefield is free.

The museum itself is laid out really well, plenty of room if you have a pushchair (which we did) and lots of exhibits and interactive screens for our 4 year old to look at.

Battlefield itself is really interesting to walk around, with maps pointing out various points of interest. The clan stones and cairn were particularly poignant and we enjoyed taking some quiet time to walk around. It was particularly wet the day that we went (in fact the only day of rain in a weeks holiday) so we were glad to have our wellies in the car as they were needed.
Written June 22, 2021
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Exploration818452
41 contributions
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Oct 2019
How can one not be touched by the high price the Jacobites paid for their desire for freedom & ruling themselves once again. They were cut down cruely by the thousands & buried in mass graves after days of laying on a cold moor. When one allows the quietude of the place to settle upon you & you fully take in what occurred here you come away changed.
Written January 7, 2020
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Fiona B
Maidstone, UK105 contributions
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May 2021 • Family
Culloden Battlefield is free to walk around as is access to the cafe and shop in the visitors centre. The cafe was not doing hot food when we were there, but had a good range of sandwiches, salads, cakes, drinks and home made soup. Tickets are required for the exhibition itself, I booked in advance - if you are a National Trust member ( English or Scottish it is free). The story of the Jacobite uprising and the battle of Culloden itself is told through traditional story boards, interactive personas and a wrap around cinema, from both ‘sides’ with the Government viewpoint on one wall running in parallel with the Jacobite viewpoint on the other, giving a real feel of how events unfurled. We found it really thought provoking. The battlefield was really quiet, not many visitors, seeing the memorial and standing where so many stood and died 275 years ago was quite an experience.
Written June 5, 2021
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Alan W
Portree, UK165 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Having lived in Scotland all my life and visited Inverness many times, I’ve never had the chance to see Culloden - until yesterday! It was a great day, whilst also making you think, and for me feel. It was a tragic loss of life for both sides, and a perfect storm to cause the exact outcome that happened. I won’t say much more than that, but do go and see it for yourself. The visitor centre with all the information is brilliant, well thought out and displayed; telling the balanced story from each side, cataloguing the errors and small issues/decisions that led to the fateful battle. It also explains that the reasons behind the whole thing are not as clear cut as people might initially think! I also highly recommend the tour of the battlefield. We were given the tour by James and he was a great guide - very engaging and insightful, told us loads of info, and there are things you might miss, so it was definitely worth it. If visiting the Inverness area, go and do this!!
Written January 20, 2020
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Andy L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Like others, I would strongly recommend taking the guided tour of the battlefield – especially if you are fortunate enough to participate in one led by our guide, Ellen. Her tour was excellent: informative & objective, she provided various different insights into the subject. Most importantly, she presented the battle from the perspective of the individuals fighting it and didn’t fight shy of the human cost. I’m never sure if it is right to enjoy a battlefield tour, but Culloden is an evocative & moving visit, even after all these years – it’s certainly worth doing.
Written August 18, 2021
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Alice K
Bletchley, UK39 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
First off I recommend if you can that you visit on a week day. We had been warned it can get pretty busy, even in the winter months, but luckily it was absolutely fine.

The visitors centre itself is very interesting, you can choose to follow the story either from the viewpoint of the government or the Jacobites (or both) and there are some really clever exhibitions (the night battle before sound tunnel and battlefield immersion were both great!)

There were plenty of interesting talks and lots of historical personalities who you could ask questions of.

On to the battleground itself. Make sure you have a sturdy wind/waterproof jacket and go and do the tour, it's completely worth the small donation of £2 per adult.

Massive shout-out to James Ryan who was our guide. Incredibly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and really brought the scene to life. Learnt a lot from him, so thank you very much!

You can go see the clan stones (though the accuracy of them is questionable- James told us they were installed a very long time after the battle) and the memorial.

The simple use of flags to denote front lines is very effective and gives you a real sense of what it must have been like, as well as paying particular attention to the boggy terrain itself.

I wanted to see Culloden as a bit of a history buff, and casual Outlander fan and honestly wasn't expecting it to be so interesting! Both my husband and I really enjoyed the visit.

Personal highlights:
Guided tour of battlefield
Night before battle sound tunnel
Not related at all - but there are 2 lovely Highland Coos just at the entrance who we went and said hello to!

Pro Tip!: If you have an English National Trust Membership you can get into the visitor centre (and all other Scottish national trust sites) for free! That being said all money goes directly back into the site, so it's not such a bad thing if you do have to pay. :)

Go and visit, really interesting few hours.
Written March 13, 2020
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mazzaintazza
London, UK316 contributions
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Feb 2022 • Couples
One of the best Visitor Centres we’ve ever been to. Lots of parking, a low-impact building within the landscape, friendly and not pushy staff (compared to NT England where they always try to upsell). Entry is half price right now; what a bargain. We spent 90 minutes in the Centre, learning about the background and events of the battle. Well designed interpretation, original artefacts sit side by side with excellent digital displays give a balanced and thorough telling of the 1746 battle. Then outside to walk amongst the actual fields where the battle took place. Rather moving and very memorable. You can just walk for free but I’d really recommend paying for the Centre experience as well. A top destination for your Highland visit, and suitable for all ages.
Written February 13, 2022
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Fiona P
Glasgow, UK65 contributions
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Sep 2020 • Solo
I would definitely recommend visiting Culloden Battlefield but a word of caution to anyone using public transport to get there - go during the week as there is no direct bus there on Sundays. I walked from the nearby village of Balloch where the nearest bus route ends - about a mile uphill to the battlefield through Culloden Wood.
When I got there, the staff were great, really helpful and doing well to keep the visitor centre safe in Covid times.
Book in advance to ensure you get in and you’ll find a comprehensive history of the Jacobite rebellion culminating in the battle in 1746. There’s an immersive filmed reconstruction of the battle itself, which is worth seeing.
There’s a cafe on site offering a limited selection at the moment, but well made nonetheless.
You could spend hours walking on the field itself, conscious all the time that hundreds of men died there during the last battle fought in British soil.
Well worth a visit, perhaps easier to visit by car!
Written September 13, 2020
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