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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  • A fortress and a royal residence, packed with soo much...quite beautiful, in its way.. you can spend hours here, we did  more »
  • Castle without interest, at least if you don't visit inside the city has nothing exceptional Castle not worth the trip if you're not paying a £15 entry. I thought we could see more without paying an entry. A little disappointed
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  • The castle of me too, showing good promise. Individual buildings of the Castle are reconstructed, so everything looks like new (including paint). I felt like in the cultural centre, where there is no action. Please alert tour guide/parody fancy dress fun commentator in the Royal Chambers. Beautiful replicas of famous Unicorn tapestries. Interesting is also the exposure reminiscent of their production. Similarly interesting is a museum heads-ceiling decoration of the interiors. There is also a café and a place for a picnic.
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  • This is one of the most amazing monuments still alive in central Scotland. Add that to the expertise and funding of Historic Scotland and you have something truly amazing! This magnificent monument has everything you need for a family day out on holiday or at the weekends. Complete with a restaurant many exhibitions and gardens you could spend a whole day here and still not have done everything. The guided tours are exceptional with the guides full of information and ready to answer any question you throw at them! Overall this is amazing and highly recommended for tourists who are looking to find out some Scottish history!
  • To fully enjoy this wonderful site of Scottish history, get there early before the droves of tourists arrive. If you need information or assistance ask any member of the friendly staff. Mobility is an issue at any site of this type and help is on hand even when you least expect it. Without prompting a member of staff advised me of a lift available that avoided a tortuous spiral staircase, enabling a visit to an otherwise inaccessible level. Well done Stirling Castle staff. A memorable visit.
  • I loved the overall experience. Very good guides. Though sometimes the Scottish accent is not that easy to follow it certainly adds to the atmosphere of the place! Fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s history, nice views from he castle hill, great gift shop with high quality and unique souvenirs. Parking is available near the castle gate - very convenient.
  • Fantastic place to go for a day out. Great for families or on your own. Guided tours are hugely interesting and informative. It's fine in bad weather but on a nice day it is absolutely gorgeous with excellent views. A particular highlight of the castle is their tapestry exhibit which is an absolute must-see!
  • An imposing fortress in a beautiful part of Scotland. You need a complete morning or afternoon to fully appreciate this castle. Better still a full day! Lots of parking is available right by the castle so don't be afraid to drive right to the top... you don't have to park down below unless of course you fancy a stiff uphill 15 to 20 minute walk.
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