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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Stirling Castle and other Stirling attractions using our handy Stirling itinerary planner.
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  • The castle was great and so much to see. If you have children it's the perfect place. Staff were amazing and so helpful. I like to ask a lot if questions and everyone I spoke to was fantastic. The Lor...  more »
  • I got the explorer pass for the price of admission, which was also somewhat cheaper in winter. On the inside of the Castle, the views are spectacular, the residences of Mary of guise and Jacobo V, the great Hall banquets, all very well preserved. The walls with its Cannon batteries and the exterior views are incredible and totally deserves punishment tour around the Castle. There is also a small Museum of the army located in the inner courtyard, which shows the history of regiments of highlanders (one of them based on the Castle), focusing on military contributions of these units at different times: Iberian Peninsula, anglo-zulu war, Boer War, Crimean War. Not is so large, nor shows both compared with which is located in the castle of Edinburgh, but is very interesting and I recommend his visit.
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  • Very historic setting and a must see visitor attraction. Lots of history told with a bit of humour by the tour guide (free). Now a member of historic Scotland, so will be back again soon 
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  • Touring this castle was a nice experience during my time in Scotland. They have an impressive collection and the displays are well kept. The views from the walls help you understand why this spot was chosen as a fortification. You can see the surrounding area for miles. The gardens below are an impressive site also!
  • Undoubtedly a treasure of Scotland, one of the Wonders of the Nation. Historical interpretations and free tours of the highest quality, together with painstaking restorations necessary after centuries of repurposing. Stirling Castle loses a star, however, because the £4 car park charge seems punitive on top of a premium admission charge for a premium attraction. Nevertheless, for an excellent introduction to the harmony of history, power, art and architecture, this is a location that's hard to beat. And there are great views.
  • I would like to thank the staff member who was dressed up in character in the palace yesterday 12th October 2016. She was amazing and spent 15 minutes with my son explaining the history of the Douglas name in relation to Stirling Castle. She had him so captured with the story that he couldn't wait to tell it to all when home. Her knowledge and patience was exemplary. Many many thanks!!
  • Great castle to visit! (Much better than Edinburgh castle). Every full hour or so they have guided tours (ask at the ticket office), which I can recommend. The tour lasts about 1 hr and takes you through the castle grounds. After that you can visit specific areas again in more detail. There's a nice little pub just below the parking lot for lunch as well.
  • This really is the jewel in the crown for Scotland. Edinburgh Castle is impressive but Stirling Castle has a great feel to it. It is a full day activity with lots to do. The grand hall and the visitor experience is top notch and very interactive. The gardens are beautiful and the views across Stirlingshire are simply breathtaking. The food hall is really nice with good quality lunches and snacks. Also remains very cool on the hottest of days. Useful when you have little kids. Parking is at a premium so get there early at the weekend.