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Church of the Holy Rude

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Address: St. John Street, Stirling FK8 1ED, Scotland
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Peaceful scenery

The church is not that huge compared to other churches but it is grand. Strolling around the back led us to a cemetery, and a resting place on top of a big rock with lovely views... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Stargard Szczecinski, Poland
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Stargard Szczecinski, Poland
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The church is not that huge compared to other churches but it is grand. Strolling around the back led us to a cemetery, and a resting place on top of a big rock with lovely views of the cemetery, the castle from afar, ruins and mountains. It's a lovely place to unwind.

Thank 724silverg
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely place to have rest ,so peaceful.Beautfuly kept graveyard at the back of the church.The hill up to the Castle and the Church is pretty steep .as is the Wallace monument

Thank Tamers1970
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Holy Rude...Holyrood...same thing, rude/rood means cross and you will be if you fail to take the time to look round here. It's just down from the Argyll Lodgings and you can't miss it. This church is the second oldest building after the castle and although it was founded in the early twelth century, what you see now is mainly 15th... More 

Thank tyketyke
Stirling, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

The church looks very old and large from outside, but it does not prepare you for the 'tardis-like'interior with its sense of grandeur and awe. There is a lot to see and learn, including about the church's part in royal history. If you enjoy history this building brings some of Scotland's history to life and shoul not be missed. Especially... More 

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Kingsbarns, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We didn't go inside, so I can only review the outer areas. The graveyard is fabulous, with a stunning view point. If you like old graveyards, I'd definitely go look round. We spent a couple of hours and watched the sun go down. The views are tremendous, and there are the old ruined bits which are mostly fenced off but... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Came upon this church as we walked the old town after visiting the castle. What a find! The current structure dates from the early 15th century and James VI is said to have been crowned here, making it the only standing church outside of Westminster Abbey to have held a coronation. Admission is free, but I would suggest a donation... More 

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Bulls Gap, Tn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 November 2016

The church and the graveyard are well worth it. We could have spent hours there. We learned a great deal and it was so beautiful. Well worth the time and it was free :)

Thank Lori R
Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We were at my good friends daughter wedding in September 2nd sept 2016. We had a fantastic day. We have also been to family wedding to 2years previous. This church is beautiful. The church lady elders were very friendly and helpful. 😀

Thank ward074
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Short walking tour of a medieval church steeped in colorful Scottish history, with magnificent architecture and beautiful stained glass windows, some construction dating to the 15th century (photos permitted, no admittance fee). A walk through the cemetery outside in the churchyard is also worth the time.

Thank Pi-T526
Armathwaite, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Had a little walk round this when doing a quick tour of the old city. Beautiful building having a little bit of restoration done on it. Lovely stained glass windows and a decent sized churchyard if that's your thing

Thank Sarah S

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