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Review of Stirling Arcade

Stirling Arcade
Ranked #38 of 69 things to do in Stirling
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Owner description: At the Stirling Arcade, we've got everything you need for an enjoyable shopping experience - a great mix of independent retailers and businesses offering quality products and friendly personal services.With its beautifully restored Victorian architecture and period features a visit to the arcade is an experience all in it's own.You can relax with a glass of wine whilst enjoying a freshly prepared meal or snack at one of the quality eateries.There are shops offering the latest fashions, must have accessories, traditional and niche gifts and much more, with a broad range of services available including beauty treatments, computer peripherals alongside leisure and fitness facilities.At the Stirling Arcade traditional values conbine with contemporary style to provide the City's most unique shopping experienceWELCOME TO SHOPPING AS IT SHOULD BE...
Reviewed 13 August 2010

Living in Falkirk I very rarely have the opportunity to shop in Stirling, to be honest I didnt see why I should, you find all the same shops in the bland and boring thistle centre as you do in the howgate centre. So I wasnt expecting much from my recent trip, that was until I discovered Stirling Arcade. From the outside it doesnt look much but inside the place is packed to the gunnels with little independant shops and designer boutiques. In the middle is a lovely cafe with glass room which makes it feel like a summers day outside even when its raining. I loved the sweetie shop, loads of handmade goodies. There is also a lovely spiritual shop with loads of lovely nick nacks and doing things like massage and reiki. Last but by no means least I stumbled across a comic shop, the only one in about 50 miles I might add.

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Reviewed 28 July 2010

After reading the previous reviews I had to visit the arcade, I have lived in Stirling for years and never visited before, much to my shame. This a stunning arcade with some beautiful surroundings a truly hidden gem in the centre of Stirling. Loads of unique shops. I visited banjaxx and picked up some comics for my son, next door is divinity which is one of those shops you could spend hours in, loads of lovely stuff, I spent a fortune. I visited the cafe and the sweetie shop to name but a few, if your visiting Stirling I recommend the arcade :)

3  Thank Stirling1980
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Reviewed 30 March 2010

I just wanted to make people aware of this lovely arcade when they are visiting Stirling,I recently visited Stirling and came across THE STIRLING ARCADE (not the Thistle Centre) there is a diverse range of stores currently occupying the arcade .

There is a lovely new age gift shop called Divinity which stocks a vast array of gifts ranging from Angels,Buddhas,Crystals,Woodwick Candles and Spiritual Readings the shop looks and smells wonderful.
There is also a comic store,clothes shops,beauty and hair shops,baby store ,furniture store,sweet shop and a cafe to name but a few.
I think the Arcade has been overlooked in the past as it was empty for a while But not anymore this Arcade is certainly worth a visit.

The Stirling Arcade has long been an important feature in the city centre due to its prominent location right in the heart of the old town. It stretches from Murray Place (near the railway station) to King Street at the foot of the Castle Rock. Throughout its long history the building has had a variety of different names including the Stirling Arcade, Alhambra Arcade and Crawford Arcade.
In its early days the Arcade housed two hotels - the Douglas Hotel in Murray Place and The Temperance Hotel in King Street - as well as residential flats, around 40 shops and two workshops, making it a real hub of the city. Tenants included a draper's saloon, rubber goods shop, tea merchants, jewellers, a licensed house, a restaurant, a fruiterer and a billiard hall. In the centre of the Arcade stood the Alhambra Theatre, its offices and three small halls. The theatre had previously served as Stirling's town hall and in its heyday played host to many well-known music hall artists. It later became a cinema but closed down around the time of the Second World War and sadly fell into disrepair.
The imposing facades at both ends of the building stand four storeys high while the connecting walkway spans two storeys. Inside, there are beautifully restored period features capped off with a stunning glass roof which allows light to flood into the Arcade's central walkway.
The Arcade recently benefited from an extensive renovation and redecoration programme, the result of which is a unique shopping environment where stunning architectural features and traditional values meet contemporary retail and business units

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