Stirling Castle

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The History of Stirling Castle

One of Scotland's largest and most important castles, Stirling Castle is the site of many important battles in Scottish history. It's well worth a visit, but before you go, here are some historical snippets.

  • How old is Stirling Castle?

    1. How old is Stirling Castle?

    The King’s Old Building is the oldest part of the castle, and is over 500 years old!

  • William Wallace

    2. William Wallace

    In 1297 William Wallace at the Battle of Stirling Bridge defeated the much larger English army by trapping them on the bridge.

  • The Battle of Bannockburn

    3. The Battle of Bannockburn

    A significant Scottish victory over the English, who had until this point occupied the castle for 10 years!

  • Mary Queen of Scots

    4. Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in Stirling Castle in 1543. She was only 9 months old, and apparently cried throughout the ceremony.

  • Modern use

    5. Modern use

    The castle is now a popular tourist site, and hosts cultural events and concerts regularly.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The castle is open 7 days a week, in winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and in summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.

  • How much does entrance cost?

    A standard adult ticket costs £14.50

  • Do I need to take a tour?

    Tours are not compulsory, however they are reccommended and highly enjoyable!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Seven days a week, winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Regular adult ticket costs £14.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The castle is about a 10 minute walk uphill from the Stirling train station, reached easily from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
  • Additional information
    ** Free guided tours are run by the castle staff throughout the day and audio-guides are available in several languages! | There are no facilities for luggage, so plan to leave any at the bust station.*

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What people are saying about Stirling Castle

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,429 reviews

Bit difficult to find the right tour with all the others but once I did the tour guide Brian smith I as amazing. A real cheeky tour guide with a great sense of humour and outstanding knowledge- Shannon 28th October

We had a really enjoyable day trip with Gary, our guide and driver, who was very knowledgeable. It was a nicely paced trip with a variety of activities/sights and lots of photo opportunities.

Great tour guide and driver Gary, made the experience one to remember with his knowledge. The whole day all was one we shall never forget. Booking was simple.

Highly recommendation !A great tour guide and stunning route through the Highlands that I've never seen before

Very nice tour with an absolutely unforgettable guide!