Hidden in the nooks and crannies of the Thistles shopping center is the remnant of the town keep.
Like many Scottish towns in this period, there was a protective barrier, known as the ‘Burgh Wall’, which surrounded the surrounding area. It turns out that the current shopping complex was built on this old defensive structure. Descending an iron spiral staircase, visitors will find themselves in what was once a mid-1500s watchtower.
Visitors will also find various artifacts with written descriptions that tell the story of what was once the stronghold of the Scottish nation’s capital. These include a replica of “Lady Justice” who presided over the city toll, the palisades and royal cockades on display in Stirling Castle.
Not to be missed was the Thieves Pot, a glass covered hole where prisoners were shackled for various crimes. Alongside these exhibits, an audio commentary provided by local ghost walking artist David Kinnaird.
During the pre-industrial era, miners were sent to work in the thieves’ pot to extract metals.
Know before you go
Located near the west entrance, along Port Street. A spiral staircase will lead you to the exhibition. Unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible.
Entrance is free, but only accessible when the mall is open. Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday until 8:00 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.