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The course of British, European and world history was changed at Culloden on 16 April 1746. It was here that the Jacobite army fought to reclaim the throne of Britain from the Hanoverians for a Stuart king. The British army was equally determined to stop this happening. The ferocious European war had come to Scotland - dividing families and setting clan against clan. There are many different stories about Culloden. Visitors often have their own views on the battle, the events that led up to it and those that flowed from it. Now, 250 years on, Culloden is still a site that connects us intimately with our past.
The exciting new Culloden Battlefield visitor centre and exhibition opened in December 2007. Through recent archaeological and historical research the National Trust for Scotland discovered that the previous centre was sited on the third Government line of the battlefield. With the Trust's resolve to return the battlefield to as close as we know it on 16 April 1746, the centre was moved. The new centre and exhibition allows the whole Culloden story to be told in an innovative and interactive way which appeals to all the family. Participate in daily Living History presentations which bring the battle to life. Enjoy the restaurant with a range of dishes to suit all. Purchase a Culloden branded memento from the range of gifts available at the shop, to remind you of your visit.
An exciting interpretive exhibition forms part of the new visitor centre. Using interactive characters that witnessed or were involved in the battle and incorporating the latest historical and archaeological evidence it tells the course of events through fresh eyes. Included within the exhibition's Battle zone is the immersion theatre where you can experience first hand what it was like to be in the middle of the action at Culloden and displays of authentic weapons and artefacts found on the battlefield. A hand held audio device with multi-language dialogue is available to take onto the battlefield to help you further understand the armies' manoeuvres and tactics. The Centre is just a 20 minute drive east of Inverness and is served by buses from Inverness.
The centre is open daily 9-6 April to October (closes 5 in October) and 10-4 1 Nov to 23 Dec and 24 Jan to 31 March.