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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  • Stirling castle has a lot to offer, from impressive architecture, to gorgeous views, to in-depth historical context, to fascinating artifacts and exhibitions. The Heads gallery is among the most remar...  more »
  • 4 of use did our own walkabout tour through multiple buildings, there was even some heated spaces to warm up in. The guides in the rooms were very informative and I particularly liked the Queen's room...  more »
  • We enjoyed our walking tour through the grounds and demonstrations and interactive activities - dressing up in period costumes was a blast.  more »
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  • Exceptionally well done, every aspect of this experience was positive due to the well organised way in which it is done. Attention to detail in signage and helpful friendly directions by staff made this site easy to navigate and enjoy. The cafe served lovely local food and dining options either inside or out where pleasant and clean. Great information for children with hands on tactile experiences (fun for us grown ups too). We had a lovely morning and was one of the most memorable things we did in Scotland.
  • Similar to Edinburgh Castle, but worth visiting both if you're in the area as they are a bit different. I found that the internal rooms at Stirling are better, but the actual castle at Edinburgh is better. Also, the character actors in Stirling are very good. The views from Stirling Castle are also great as the countryside is stunning.
  • Small as castles go but history makes this an important stop. Guides and staff are excellent and displays are among the best for this type of landmark. Views of the surrounding countryside are wonderful. I enjoyed this as much (and maybe even a bit more) than Edinburgh Castle. Don't miss the Kitchens and the Constable office.
  • Beautiful castle in a gorgeous location. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Not sure if this was due to the event, but there were staff dressed as certain historical figures in the appropriate rooms, etc., children were entertained in pretty much everywhere, so very family friendly as well. Something a little different, very welcome way of introducing history.
  • Superb building and views. Military museum well worth a look. Miles better than Edinburgh Castle. Staff on duty extremely welcoming.
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