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.
  • Website www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
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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.

Access

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.

Visit…

  • 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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Events at this venue

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Industry and Aesthetics

This travelling photographic exhibition contains stunning images which form part of the National Record of the Historic Environment which is maintained by Historic Environment Scotland. They were taken as part of the ongoing mission to document the nation’s industrial places. The photographs were chosen though a…

Tue 25 Feb

Free with admission / 01555 661 345

  • 09:30 – 17:00

Wed 26 Feb

Free with admission / 01555 661 345

Thu 27 Feb

Free with admission / 01555 661 345

…and 52 more dates until 19 Apr

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Chapterhouse Theatre Company returns once again with Shakespeare’s much-loved romantic comedy. Settle in for a story that explores love, innocence, and identity, and meet star-crossed lovers, a riotous troupe of travelling players, and the King and Queen of the fairies who live in an enchanted forest outside the walls…

Mon 20 Jul

0131 668 8885

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra returns to Stirling Castle this July and what better opener for this annual summer concert than Schubert’s sunny Fifth Symphony? Written when he was just 19, it dazzles with seemingly effortless tunes and youthful exuberance. Mendelssohn’s Concert Piece is equally light-hearted, closing…

Thu 23 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 557 6800

Stirling BSL Days

Join us to explore Stirling Castle with Deaf tour guide John Hay, whose BSL tour will be translated into English by interpreter Linda Duncan. On the same day at 2.30pm, we're running a free BSL tour of the Engine Shed. The tour at Stirling Castle is included in the admission price, Carers go free. The tour of the…

Sat 25 Apr

Free for members / 01786 450000

Sat 25 Jul

Free for members / 01786 450000

Sat 26 Sep

Free for members / 01786 450000

Unicorn

Back by popular demand, join us for a weekend of celebrating Scotland's national animal at Stirling Castle. Discover more about the mythical beast and take part in an exciting array of activities! Tickets will be available soon. During the course of public events we may take photographs for use on our website or…

Sat 18 Apr

Free for members / 0131 668 8885

Sun 19 Apr

Free for members / 0131 668 8885

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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