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“great for Monty Python fans!”
Review of Doune Castle

Doune Castle
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US$647.77*
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Private Minibus Tour to the Highlands and West Coast from Edinburgh
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Doune
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Owner description: Built for the Regent Albany, Doune Castle is a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle. Its most striking feature is the 100ft high gatehouse which includes the splendid Lord's Hall with its musicians' gallery, double fireplace and carved oak screen.Discover the new nature trail in the castle grounds or take an audio tour of the castle narrated by Monty Python's Terry Jones. Hear the exciting history of the medieval castle and residents, as well stories of the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail which was filmed at the castle. Visitors can hear clips from the film and find out about the alternative history of Spamalot, elderberries, African swallows and wooden badgers.
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“great for Monty Python fans!”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

I have never been so impressed by a self-led audioguide as I was at Doune Castle. The audioguide gives you both the true history of each room and chamber as well as pointing out which scenes of Monty Python and the Holy Grail were filmed in each. Tons of exploring to do in the castle, and you're pretty much given free run of it without a million guards around watching you. I highly recommend it.

Definitely worth a visit, and don't miss the audio guide!

Visited March 2014
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“Great experience!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Doune castle is a medieval castle in terrific shape. The FREE audio commentary byTerry Jones of Monty Python fame is a treat - a witty mix of facts and history (Jones knows his historical stuff and his enthusiasm comes across) The castle has two narrow circular stone staircases. One to the roof for an amazing view another to a bedroom. The kitchen and great hall are impressive. We weren't sure what to expect having been to the enormous Stirling castle but Doune didn't disappoint. This is a great place to visit, the audio is a must and entrance fee is really reasonable. Definitely worth visiting.

Visited July 2014
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“Must visit true medieval castle”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Small, quite hidden castle in a small town called Doune, which is worth to visit not only because it is beautiful with very interesting history, but it also played important role in Monty Python's Holy Grail. Definitely recommend to take audio guide which was done by Terry Jones and the historical information about Doune castle is enriched by sketches from the film, which makes it very interesting even for people that might not be interested in the history.

Visited July 2014
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“Game of Thrones”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

I'll be honest we went mostly just went because I'm a GOT fan and we love Monty P. And as far as that's concerned it was a good experience. But there isn't much there to separate it from other castles otherwise. I wish they had done more with it considering its so far out of the way already. Even still it is very beautiful and the audio tour was very good. We spent about 90 minutes walking around.

Visited April 2014
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“You must visit whilst in the Stirling Area and join Historic Scotland.”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

What an experience. The audio guide was superb with an extra button to press at each stage if you wanted a deeper insight. You really could sense the activities of days gone by. I particularly liked the huge fireplace to take an ox on a spit plus storage for salt and meats smoked to preserve them.
My childish mind boggled at the toilet arrangements of yesteryear.
Once the renovation of the battlements is completed we'll visit again and also explore the sculptures in the grounds.
We met several local people as we left the castle. They enjoy taking their children for a stroll in the vicinity..

Visited June 2014
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