- Telephone 01786 450000
- Website www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Perched high upon a mighty rock, it was here the kings and queens of Scotland held magnificent feasts and celebrations. Royal stronghold, palace of pleasures, regimental garrison – Stirling Castle has played many roles. And on the sweeping plains beneath its ramparts great medieval armies clashed to decide the fate of nations.
Enjoying a Visit
Visit the superb exhibition which brings the castle’s history to life. Explore at your own pace with the audio tour. Virtual tour enables anyone with difficulty moving around to make the most of their visit. Admission includes a guided tour of Argyll’s Lodging.
Courtesy bus for visitors who have difficulty with steep inclines/steps. Apartments in the castle are accessible apart from the Museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Medieval kitchens and Elphinstone Tower not suitable for visitors using wheelchairs.
Gifts & refreshments
Shops contain a variety of souvenirs, books, whisky, jewellery and tapestry products. Unicorn Café provides a delicious menu of traditional hot and cold food.
- At the head of Stirling’s historic Old Town off the M9, Junction 9 or 10
- Open all year seven days a week. 21 March - 30 September 9.30am to 6pm. 1 October - 31 March 9.30am to 5pm. Last ticket sold 45 mins before closing. Regimental Museum closes 45 mins before castle
- Admission: Adult £8.50 Child £4.25 Concessions £6.50
- Car parking, max 4 hours. Cars £2.00. Coach parking, max 4 hours. Coaches £5.00
- VisitScotland grading ★★★★★
Find out more about Stirling Castle at historic-scotland.gov.uk
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After Flodden - Commemoration And Coronation
In the 500th anniversary year of the Battle of Flodden which saw the devastating loss of James IV, visit Stirling Castle to hear reflections on what went wrong for the Scots on that fateful day. Join us on this special anniversary weekend as we commemorate the battle and mark the crowning of James V.
Sat 21 Sep
Iona Leishman: Catastrophe to Crown
Exhibition by former Historic Scotland artist-in-residence exploring the legacy of the Battle of Flodden in 1513 – the result of James IV of Scotland's catastrophically ill-advised attempt to face down Henry VIII.
Mon 9 Sep
Tue 10 Sep
Wed 11 Sep
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is recognised as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world and tours extensively in Scotland as well as internationally.
Reviews & features
Site Specifics - Stirling Castle6 Aug 2009
What is it? Apart from the backdrop for Braveheart? It’s Scotland’s grandest stronghold, the crucial strategic point in the Wars of Independence, home of the Scottish kings for half a millennium. And, er, the backdrop for Braveheart. Great. I love…
Take Me Out2 Apr 2009
From cycling, pirate ships, dolphin watching and woodland walks to face-painting, castles, beaches and alien designs, Anna Millar handpicks some of the finest days out and events this Easter, whether you’re a big or a little kid
Stirling Castle’s ancient heads to be recreated9 Oct 2007
Historic Scotland has commissioned a craftsman to recreate around 40 ancient wooden heads as part of plans to recreate the royal apartments of Stirling Castle as they were in 1538. John Donaldson will carve another set of Stirling Heads to…