RESTORATION AND IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETE ON POPULAR VISITOR ATTRACTION
The Bastion and Thieves’ Pot, the 16th century jail located within Thistles, Stirling has reopened following a number of improvements and restoration.
The Bastion was a 16th century defensive tower, originally guarding an angle of Stirling’s Town Wall. The Thieves’ Pot was a dank cell beneath The Bastion. Now beautifully restored, the popular family and tourist attraction contains a superb display of the Bastion’s history as a key part of the Royal Burgh’s defences
The significance of The Bastion and Thieves’ Pot in the history of local crime and punishment is now detailed in great effect as part of the restoration which has been overseen by David Kinnaird, writer and performer of The Stirling GhostWalk and Artistic Director of the Stirling Old Town Jail. David has a reputation for interpreting the darker aspects of local history in an entertaining and accessible manner.
The wall displays have been redesigned and updated, with text by David and graphics by Ziv Shanmugam. A new audio commentary has also been added, mixed by Barry Frame of The Audio Clinic.
Recognising the vital need for this important part of Stirling’s heritage to be accessible to the community, The Bastion remains a free attraction, with the same opening hours as before:
Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm and until 8pm on a Thursday. Saturday is 9am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.
Entrance to The Bastion and Thieves’ Pot can be found next to WHSmith and The Post Office, just inside the Port Street entrance Thistles.