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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Events at this venue
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Carols at the Castle
Get festive with us at the Castle with a spot of mulled wine and the NYCOS Stirling Choir, as we prepare to Deck the Halls with an evening of Christmas Carols. The concert takes place in the Great Hall, seating is not pre-allocated. If you are a wheelchair user and require extra space please contact us in advance.
Sun 15 Dec
£16 (£14; Children £12) / 01786 450 000
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. Stirling Castle is proud to present this magical adaptation…
Fri 20 Dec
Sat 21 Dec
Sun 22 Dec
Christmas Lunch at Stirling Castle
Dine in the intimate Green Room in our beautiful castle and add a little festive magic to your Christmas lunch. View our Christmas lunch menu Access info: A mobility vehicle can be reserved to take you from the main gate to your festive lunch in the Green Room. Access to this room is down four steep steps. There is…
Fri 13 Dec
Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec
Christmas Shopping Fayre
We're delighted to be bringing back our fantastically festive and incredibly popular Christmas Shopping Fayre back for 2019. We'll be showcasing the very best of local Scottish brands, crafts and fine foods and drink. Tickets include parking at the castle. Please note parking is currently restricted on the esplanade…
Tue 3 Dec
£6 (Children free) / 01786 450 000
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…
Sat 18 Jan 2020
Sun 19 Jan 2020
Mon 20 Jan 2020
Rob Roy (1922) Screening
This impressive and rarely screened biopic of one of Scotland’s best-known outlaws, stars David Hawthorne in full tartan kilt and tammy and was filmed entirely on location in Stirling Castle and the Trossachs. This special screening of the 1922 film will be accompanied by David Allison whose score for Last of the…
Thu 7 Nov
£15 (£12; Children £9) / 0131 668 8885
Romantic Scotland Through a Lens
Presenting photography from the archive, this exhibition explores life in 19th century Scotland and how its rugged ruins, fishing communities and rural life have contributed to understandings of Scottish identity and history. Please note there are a couple of steps into the Nether Bailey exhibition area.
Tue 15 Oct
Wed 16 Oct
Thu 17 Oct
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…