Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle
Castle Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1EJ
  • Telephone 01786 450000
  • Seasonal times 1 Apr–30 Sep Mon–Sun 9.30am–6pm; 1 Oct–31 Mar Mon–Sun 9.30am–5pm.
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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 ★★★★★

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Events at this venue

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Christmas Afternoon Tea at Stirling Castle

Our Christmas themed afternoon tea is the perfect way to kick start your festive celebrations. Afternoon Tea will be served in the beautiful surroundings of the Great Hall. Pre booking is required. This package includes an afternoon tea for one person and entrance to Stirling Castle. A 30 minute timeslot must be selected…

Fri 3 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01786 450000

Sat 4 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01786 450000

Sun 5 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01786 450000

…and 3 more dates until 12 Dec

A Christmas Carol

On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a terrifying journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three fearsome ghosts determined to make him realize the true meaning of Christmas. Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story is brought alive in this…

Fri 17 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01786 450000

Sat 18 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01786 450000

Sun 19 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 01786 450000

Christmas Shopping Fair

The ever-popular Christmas Shopping Fair returns on Tuesday 7 December! Stock up for the festive season in the splendour of the Great Hall, with stalls of local crafts, fine foods and drink. You can also enjoy wonderful music from a brass band and tuck into delicious mince pies and mulled wine. Please note, car parking is…

Tue 7 Dec

£6 / 01786 450000

A History Most Horrid at Stirling Castle

Have you heard of the witch pricker and the plague doctor? Come along to find out more about the darker side of history.

Sat 30 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 01786 450000

Sun 31 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 01786 450000

Reviews & features

Site Specifics - Stirling Castle

6 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…

Stirling Castle’s ancient heads to be recreated

9 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 reconstruct…