Founded in 12th century, the Church of the Holy Rude is the second oldest building in Stirling.
The church occupies a magnificent location on the shoulder of the city’s highest hill and thanks to the short proximity to Stirling Castle it played a unique place in history. It was here that James VI was crowned King of Scotland in 1567 with the ceremony being performed by John Knox.
Entry is free, but we do rely on donations from visitors to help us maintain the fabric of the church and the witness of the congregation for the future.
We therefore ask that visitors give a minimum donation of £2.00 per person.
A simple walk-round guide to the church is available in English, and a more comprehensive guidebook is available for purchase from the welcome desk.
Short guides to the church are available in many languages, on request. We ask that these be returned before you leave.
In the church to the left of the entrance as you come in you will find the welcome desk, which has a range of cards, souvenirs and booklets for sale.