Stirling Castle, Stirling

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Stirling Castle was not only the home of Mary Queen of Scots, but also an important center of art and culture in the 16th century. Still dominating the region’s skyline, the castle remains one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture, with majestic halls, vaults, kitchens, and galleries. Climb the castle’s high stone walls to look over an area where medieval armies clashed and decided the fates of many European nations. Today, the site’s parade ground is often used for open-air concerts and other special events, with nearly 400,000 visitors dropping by the various attractions each year. Purchase your tickets online before stepping into the castle’s fascinating world of passion, political plots, and royal intrigue. Use our Stirling day trip tool to arrange your visit to Stirling Castle and other attractions in Stirling.
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  • Stunning. Well kept. All exhibitions are worth visiting. Seeped in history, particularly military. The audio guide is highly recommended as it gives you plenty of user information - particularly handy...  more »
  • Smashing day. So much history, lots of interactive exhibits, and plenty to go back for. Special shout out to the actress in the Queen's bedroom, who was phenomenal.  more »
  • Such an amazing place to go to. The history and archives are amazing. You need at least over an hour to truly enjoy here. The views for the castle over looking Stirling itself and over to the Wallace ...  more »
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  • Easy to find and ample (paid) parking very close to the entrance. Between Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle, I prefer Stirling so if you only have time for one of them, go here. There are some great views from the walls, so make sure you climb up on those.
  • So majestic! Felt also intimate! Beautiful views! Right in the heart of the city. We did a 45 minutes tour. The guide was awesome, very knowledgeable and funny!
  • Great day at Stirling Castle. Really interesting and informative. The tour guide had a Derbyshire accent and was brilliant. Fantastically enthusiastic. Other staff really friendly and polite. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommend a visit to anyone interested.
  • Beautiful, archaic castle. Parking: electrolyte easy to get to, and easy parking if you come in the morning. Tour: good information, and interesting exhibits. Wonderful north view of the countryside and old battlefields.
  • Visited with my visually impaired mum on Tuesday and we were completely blown away by our experience. We are historic Scotland members, and this wasn’t our first visit to the castle, but it’s been years since we last visited. The man who welcomed us at the ticket office (unfortunately didn’t get his name) was extremely helpful and offered us each an audio tour, except my mums one was specifically for visually impaired people. It was fantastic. It offered directions to specific areas, then proceeded to describe in great detail what was around us. It also pointed out items/details that could be touched. It’s not often my mum points out small details to me! We were extremely impressed with both audio tours, and my mum especially, thouroughly appreciated hers. Also, a quick shout out to the man in costume in the palace. He could not have been friendlier or more helpful if he tried! Our only complaint is that we ran out of time, and missed a few areas thanks to how in-depth the audio descriptive tour was. Guess we’ll just have to go back
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