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Old Town Cemetery

Old Town Cemetery

This is no ordinary graveyard. The famous poet William Wordsworth was so moved by it that he wrote  'We know of no sweeter cemetery in all of our wanderings than that of Stirling.'

Spreading over the valley between the Castle and the Church of the Holy Rude, the cemetery has three distinct parts. Many merchants’ and craftsmen’s tombs in the historic kirkyard beside the Church carry the carved symbols of their trades.

Beside the Valley Cemetery, laid out in the 1850s, is Drummond’s Pleasure Ground with its statues of Protestant heroes and martyrs. There are great views from the Ladies’ Rock where the women of the court used to admire their knights’ prowess in the tournaments held in the valley below.

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Open all year round


Top of St John Street / Broad Street, Stirling. FK8 1EA