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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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…

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