- Visit Callendar House and Park for a great historical day out, exploring the a thousand year history of this significant site.
- Check out the permanent and changing exhibitions of Callendar House, brought to life by costumed interpreters at Callendar House, creative an immersive, interactive experience for you to enjoy.
- Don't miss out on the fun activities on offer at Callendar Park, from crazy golf, to nature trails, play areas, inflatables, bouncy castles and more.
Callendar House, Falkirk, is set in the nationally relevant historic landscape of Callendar Park, home to a part of the Roman Antonine Wall, remaning a UNESCO World Heritage site. The woodland and gardens host a number of interesting historical features just waiting to be explored, including an Aboretum, Ornamental Gardens, and a family Mausoleum.
Stretching over 170 acres of stunning parkland, The Callendar House sits gracefully, a gem of Falkirk. With a history as far back as the 14th century, there's much to be discovered here in this architecturally glorious structure. Whether you're after a place to enjoy a lovely picnic, watching the kids play, or an action packed day out, Callendar Park has lots of fun to offer families.
Many important figures throughout history have stayed in Callendar House over 6 centuries. Over the years, the House has hosted the likes of royalty such as Bonnie Prince Charlie, Mary Queen of Scots, and Oliver Cromwell. These historical figures and the stories that accompany them are brought to life by reenactments using Georgian food, objects and more, to tell the stories of life at the house.
There are many highlights in the park, including an adventurous Nature Play trail, a half an hour wander through the ancient woodland that's a great option for all members of the family. There is the amazing Roman Fort themed play area that is located next to the kiosk and toilets, plus there are a great number of summer activities like having a go on a pedalo shaped like a swan or enjoying the crazy golf course, providing endless summer fun. Callendar Park and House are conveniently located next to Forestry and Land Scotland’s woodlands which are also make a great family day out. When you're ready to try some crazy golf in the stunning undulating par three golf course set in gorgeous woodland, your skills will be put to the test, with over 9 holes ranging up to 142 yards.
Learn about the House through their displays and exhibitions, from permanent ones to temporary ones, ranging from the 14th century, up until now, too. You'll get the entire story of Callendar House from Antonine Wall, the Crucible of Revolution exhibition, and more about how the Industrial Era effected the area. Don't miss out on the restored 1825 Kitchen, where your little ones will love finding the costumed interpreters that create thrilling interactive experiences using early-19th century food samples. At this visitor attraction you'll learn a little more about what life was like for those who worked in this large household.
After that, check out the Park Gallery which is located on the ground floor, boasting contemporary visual art that changes throughout the year. As well as the ground floor, the diverse schedule of art, cultural heritage and its different aspects are also on display. Check out Falkirk Archives, which is also based on site in the Library of Callendar House, with the search room occupying the House's Victorian library. Here you can find a fascinating range of items, artefacts, and records.
You might recognise Callendar House as the recently used film location for the very notable television series, Outlander. So, be sure to visit Scotland for the excellent Outlander Film Location map that is available for you to access on site and ready to download. Along with all this, there is an Outlander audio guide, where you can follow in Jamie and Claire’s very own footsteps for yourself, created by Visit Scotland, making this a great all round trip, merging history, with magical storytelling and more. For more Outlander locations in Scotland for you to visit, check out Blackness Castle, a 15th-century fortress, near the village of Blackness, serving as a a garrison fortress and state prison during its years.
Don't miss out on the Callendar House events that are regularly hosted here, with your chance to get involved in a great array of family days out, from Christmas festivities and more. Why not make a trip to the fantastic play park? Your little ones will love letting their imaginations run wild. Or be sure to bring a picnic and enjoy the many facilities on site, including a Bouncy castle, a children's giant inflatable slide which are a hoot of a time, plus there is Crazy golf for learning a new skill, and Childrens Go Karts and Swan pedalos for the thrill seekers out there. And of course, there is a large children's play area, a great little Play Trail, and Snacks Kiosk for when you need a recharge.
Check out Callendar House afternoon tea, boasting a gorgeous Tearoom that offers pretty parkland views across the site, and serving a range of breakfast, lunch, and light snack options that will satiate both the kids and grown ups.
For more great days out near Falkirk, check out the Kelpies, the famous 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures located in Grangemouth, and the parkland offers activities such as cycling, walking, water sports and much more.
What to know before you go
- Callendar House and Park opening times are from 10am - 5pm, and it is closed on Tuesdays.
- When you're feeling peckish at Callendar House, head to the tea room to enjoy some afternoon tea.
- There are toilets, accessible toilets but no baby changing facilities.
- The venue is accessible for wheelchair and pushchair users.
- Callendar House and Park is located on Callendar Road, Falkirk, Scotland.
- If travelling by public transport, Falkirk is served by 2 railway stations, Falkirk High and Falkirk Grahamston.
- If travelling via car: from Edinburgh, use M9 westbound, and follow the brown signs after exiting at Junction 5. From Glasgow, follow M80/A80 east, and use the M876, till you get to the M9, exiting at Junction 6 and following the signs. From the North, follow A9/M9 south, exiting M9 at Junction 6 and follow brown and white tourist signs for Callendar House & Park.
- There is free parking available, and to access this you must go via Seaton Place, plus there is more parking at Estates Avenue.