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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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  • They journey to get there was though as it is on a hill. Quite disappointing once you get there. Not much of the original things left in to see. Plus side we got to dress up .  more »
  • What a view! So very much to see at this beautiful castle. The tour is very informative and definitely worth doing. Lots to see so allow time to enjoy.  more »
  • Beautiful castle! We enjoyed all the views around and the lovely gardens! It's a incredible castle with lots of history and things to do! We do recommend! It's perfect for children as well!  more »
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  • Beautiful castle from the outside. I loved the history that went with it. They also have some fantastic guides/actors working within the castle that make that period in time come to life - a memorable experience for my 3 year old nephew. I did, however, feel that some of the restoration was done a bit odd...but I can't quite put my finger on it. It didn't seem right in places and the lack of furniture in some rooms but quite a bit in other rooms was a bit strange. Overall it is worth a visit, especially if you have young children because the children's section is very fun and interactive for children and adults alike!
  • This was one of our favorite stops in Scotland. The grounds are gorgeous and all the restoration work is fantastic. There is so much to see with all the great exhibits! We spent at least half a day here and could have spent more time if we were able to. The super clean bathrooms were a great bonus. The cafe also has great food! We would recommend this to anyone without hesitation.
  • We expected rain so, instead of going out on a walk, we drove to Stirling. It's a nice wee place with some old buildings, including the Castle. We took a walk up through the Old Town to reach the Castle esplanade which - unfortunately - was one, great big car park. The views from the edges were nice, though. We went in through the Castle gates and found the souvenir shop and ticket office. There is free access to one, small part of the walls but otherwise it's hand in pocket time. We didn't stay long in this - to my mind - quite commercial venture, although, I suppose, it has to pay for its upkeep. A slightly disappointing experience for H and me.
  • There's lots to see. The guides are great, especially Frank! It's well kept up: the restoration project has done a superb job of keeping the authenticity of the buildings and furnishings. The timelines found in different parts of the castle were very helpful. The views from the castle walls were great. Thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in our family!
  • Easy access via car, though it is up a steep hill so wouldn't like to be pushing a wheelchair up it. The views were fantastic as were the staff. It is quit a large castle with plenty of interesting history. There is a couple of gift shops a regimental museum and a craft area where you can touch and play with items that were used during different time periods. It also has the usual toilet facilities and cafe. And as an option you can borrow an audio guide or follow a tour guide.

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Where to stay in Stirling

Stirling's central location in Scotland means most of its many lodging options are quickly reachable from nearly anywhere in the country. Hotels located close to the city's iconic castle offer easy access to all of the area's celebrated historical sites. Though they provide the finest modern conveniences, hotels in this central part of town occupy buildings steeped in history and heritage. Just outside of town, explore a world of boutique hotels and quaint B&Bs, a perfect base from which to explore the picturesque Central Lowlands.
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