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Owner description: This battlefield marks the site of the historic 1746 battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Prince Charles.
Lancaster, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Extremely Interesting!”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

I have heard about this place for years as I am a Mackintosh, various family members have been here and I have seen pictures of the Mackintosh burial stone and always wanted to visit. On a recent trip to Scotland me and my Husband has the opportunity to go and i am so glad we did.

First of all the place is really easy to find and is really well signposted. The place is really well designed including the car park and entrance area. At the kiosk we were greeted by Bob Shanks who too a great deal of time explaining to us the different tours on offer to us and what we could expect to find, he was brilliant even going out of his way to explain a brief history of Charles Stuart to us. Once we had decided to take the full tour he directed us upstairs to see a presentation, this was brilliant we got to see and hold various weapons are learn more about the times and harsh climate the fight would have taken place in.

The exhibition takes you around the building and is split up into two sections the Government story on the left and the Jacobite story to the right....a wonderful idea so you get the perspective of how both sides were feeling before the battle. There are also various museum exhibits on store for you to look at whilst you walk.

Once outside in the actual battlefield we were given audio sets which walk you around the battle site, basically telling you where you are standing, what would have been happening and even extracts from the actual fight.

The moor itself is breathtaking, the different colours amazing, in Summer it must be spectacular. On the day we visited the rain was pouring and the wind howling, it just gives you an idea of the conditions they faced. The highlight of the trip for us was definitely the Mackintosh stones, there were 3 in total. Apparently our Clan was one of the biggest in the area of Culloden which is why so many fell, a very poignant moment standing on the moors.

A brilliant attraction for all ages, a way to learn history without being bored.

Visited February 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Well Worth a visit quite good!!”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

Me and my partner came hear as a lot of the attractions castles etc. in the area are closed in the winter time and not opened till Easter time.

We really enjoyed our visit and was a great peace of history and good walk around the visitors centre and the field outside.

Really enjoyed the tour guide that took us round the fields etc. he was extremely passionate and knowledgeable on the subject of the fields etc. and the battle which made it worth the while stand in the freezing cold with the wind turning you into a ice cube ha ha.

Well worth a visit definitely keep a few hours of your time free for visiting you will need it well worth the visit.

Visited February 2014
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit.”
Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

If you're in the area, this is well worth a visit. The visitor centre has been modernised and is much more interesting and informative than it was when I last visited several years ago. There is a new video that creates quite a mood. It feels like you are in the battle itself! The battlefield is great to go for a walk on, and the audio guide is very informative. I reckon I'll be visiting again in a few years!

P.S. Great soup and free wifi in the restaurant!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“very interesting”
Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

something different
good for all ages
would recommend good educational opportunity
especially enjoyed being able to walk around the battlefield

Visited February 2014
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Dubuque, Iowa
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

The new visitor's center has added tremendously to the understanding of what actually occurred on the site. However, if you are not familiar with the Jacobite Uprising, and the events which took place here, you will be well-served by familiarizing yourself with this piece of history before you visit. When you realize the odds against the Highlanders and what they faced, along with their horrible treatment at the hands of the English afterwards, it gives a deep solemnity to the surroundings. The clan stones are particularly moving.

Visited March 2013
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