The Tolbooth: Stirling’s hub for music and the arts

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The Tolbooth is Stirling city centre’s key venue for live music and arts events. Located at the top of the old town on Broad Street, the venue has a rich history which dates to the 17th century. The building was formerly a courthouse and jail, and most famously housed John Baird and Andrew Hardie, Scottish revolutionaries of the Radical War in 1820. The pair were executed outside the Tolbooth on September 8 of that year. The two have since been remembered as a martyrs to the fight for universal suffrage.

Despite its haunting past, The Tolbooth has created a name for itself as ‘one of the best small venues in Scotland and beyond’. The stunning building boasts a fully-fitted professional level recording studio, several multi-function meeting and performance spaces, and a chic café bar with exceptional views of Stirling.

Image Credit: Karen Bryan via Flickr

Its year-round programme features music from both established and upcoming artists from all genres, alongside regular features of comedy, film, talks, theatre events and exhibitions. Also on offer is a diverse range of creative and learning workshops and classes, which are available for all to attend, making the arts more accessible to the public.

Some of the classes available include ‘Adult Painting with Peter Russell’ – which takes place each Wednesday and Friday from 10am – 1pm, available from September 21 to November 25; and ‘Ceramics – Adult’ – which takes place every Thursday from 3.30-5.30p.m. and again at 7-9p.m., available from September 22 to November 24. Both classes are mixed ability and can be booked through ‘Creative – Learning’ at where you can also find more information regarding pricing and other classes.

Below is a list of events that take place this month, starting the beginning of Fresher’s Week:

Bloody Scotland Exhibition – Saturday, September 3 – Saturday, September 24 – 10a.m.- 5p.m.

Tolbooth Café Concerts: Morris Begg Duo – Saturday, September 10 – 1.30p.m.-2p.m. & 2.30p.m.- 3p.m.

Keith James – The Songs of Nick Drake – Saturday, September 10 – 7.30p.m. (Doors)

Tolbooth Café Concerts: Hector Shaw – Saturday, September 17 – 1.30p.m.-2p.m. & 2.30p.m.- 3p.m.

The Paul McKenna Band – Thursday, September 22 – 7.00p.m. (Doors)

Tolbooth Café Concerts: Matt Carmichael – Saturday, September 241.30p.m.-2p.m. & 2.30p.m.- 3p.m.

Siobhan Miller – Saturday, September 24 – 7.30p.m. (Doors)

Salt House – Thursday, September 29 – 7.30p.m. (Doors)

Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton – Friday, September 30 – 7.30p.m. (Doors)

For tickets and more information, visit

Featured Image Credit: Tolbooth Stirling Facebook

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