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Powerfully emotive and atmospheric battlefield where the 1745 Jacobite Rising came to a tragic end
3 red flags stand in a line on a grassy Culloden Battlefield. The sky is grey and heavy. In the distance the memorial cairn can just be made out.
  • Walk the front lines where the Jacobites made their final stand against government troops.

  • Experience the Battle of Culloden in the visitor centre’s immersion cinema.

  • Travel back in time to the day of the battle by taking part in one of our regular Living History presentations.

  • Admire Jacobite artefacts, including Bonnie Prince Charlie’s letters, weapons, clothing, miniatures and coins.

  • See inside the newly restored Leanach Cottage – the only surviving building from the battle.

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About this place

On 16 April 1746, the final Jacobite Rising came to a brutal head in one of the most harrowing battles in British history.

Jacobite supporters, seeking to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British thrones, gathered to fight the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops. It was the last pitched battle on British soil and, in less than an hour, around 1,600 men were slain – 1,500 of them Jacobites.

The richly researched, stimulating and sensitive Culloden Visitor Centre, which stands beside the battlefield, features artefacts from both sides of the battle and interactive displays that reveal the background to the conflict. It is both a monument and a guide to a pivotal day in history.

Our accreditations and awards

  • Visit Scotland 5 Star Award
  • Green Tourism Gold Award

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