Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Dominating the skyline for miles around, Stirling Castle is a shining example of Renaissance architecture. Visitors can look out from its high stone walls to the battlefields of Stirling Bridge where great medieval armies clashed to decide the fate of nations. Home to generations of Scottish monarchs including, Mary Queen of Scots, the Castle is an enduring and powerful reminder of our fascinating history.
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  • Kevin
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do visit
    This is a must visit attraction. There is so much to see here and you will not be disappointed. Our suggestion is, do one of their free tours of the castle. We had Andrew as our guide and he was outstanding. His professionalism, knowledge and delivery of the information was excellent. Make sure you see all exhibitions. A visit to the castle can be made into a full day attraction.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Laura H
    El Dorado Hills, California401 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Castle
    This is a must see castle. The interpretative exhibits were terrific. Especially memorable were the full size figures dressed in historical costumes preparing a royal banquet down in the castle’s kitchen. We had to reserve tickets to see this castle, as this is a very popular site. The views from the castle over the countryside were fabulous.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Bernice Nicholson
    Voorhout, The Netherlands7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    I have never been to a more beautiful castle. From the way in which the buildings and history was preserved to the staff and role players on site, the views are breathtaking and I would love more time to take it all in. I must say, I was well impressed. Joni our tour guide was spectacular. Her story telling abilities are matched by none. Thank you for preserving such a beautiful piece of history and for sharing that history with the world.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 June 2023
  • FMFDOC
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible Views and History
    Excellent presentation of history and a must see if visiting Scotland. It is one of the largest and one of the most historically significant castles in Scotland. The architecture is stunning and provides a glimpse of what it was like for the kings and queens that resided within the walls. The views from the castle are incredible and easy to see why it was chosen as a spot to command the countryside. There are steep cliffs on 3 sides, giving it an easily defensible position. The structures within the walls were mostly built between the late 1400's and 1600's. Be sure to see the king's and queen's "apartments". As a suggestion take the free tour that is provided at regular intervals. Our "guide" provided a rich lesson in history and a fascinating amount of information regarding the architecture of the buildings. Also, try the Castle Cafe for a meal. Very reasonably priced and great food.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Katie
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better than Edinburgh Castle!
    Stirling Castle is a lovely site with lots of history, mainly related to James IV and James V. The site is large with lots to see and do. The staff are really knowledgeable and friendly. We learned lots from the costumed interpreters on site. Definitely worth the trip out to Stirling if you're staying in Edinburgh (it's about 45 minutes on the train).
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Passportanywhere
    North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful castle and grounds, don’t miss it.
    Beautiful castle that offers more than other castle self tours. Docents I’m period dress are present. Various presentations by docents are no extra charge (music, history, etc). Beautiful garden, various period furnishings, relics, artwork, etc. Unique areas open such as a complete castle kitchen display. Convenient Parking outside the castle entrance (rare!).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • elysec2018
    New Orleans, Louisiana41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great castle experience!
    This was an excellent castle experience. There is so much to see and do. It isn't too dressed up and taken over by modern things like some others we've seen. The free audio guide was worth picking up for sure. And don't miss the gardens! They are stunning!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Traveller23
    203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow a great historic castle, in prime location 👍
    Wow, visited this with my parents and a great place. Lots of history and heritage talked about, great little coffee stand and heard the choir signing their hearts away for in the chapel. The gardens were a lot the live up to, excellent ☺️ and the views are exceptional. Great visit and destination, just remember to book prior to visiting, a little cheaper 👍
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Sask Explorer
    Saskatchewan, Canada379 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful history
    Took the tour but here (Rabbies) and did the self guided tour of the castle. The view from the wall was amazing. You can see the town and there is also a old graveyard right near the castle that you can explore. When exploring the interior of the castle there was people explaining the history and a man playing the lute in the one hall. Made it feel like you where going back in time a bit. There is 2 gift shops on site that has many options of items to choose from. The only downside to the castle is that I would highly reccomed getting your tickets online as they do sell out quickly for the day. When I was at the castle is was extremely busy
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 July 2023
  • MorayJohnny
    Princeton, New Jersey445 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stirling Castle
    A trip to Scotland requires some castle-viewing, and Stirling Castle was recommended to us as a quality experience. We started our day in Edinburgh, and drove out to St. Andrews for a short visit, before turning back and heading to Stirling. The castle is perched atop the town of Stirling, and it is a magnificent edifice. It is one of the largest and most historically and architecturally important castles in Scotland. The castle sits atop an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542, and others were born or died there. Catherine and I arrived there in mid-afternoon, after a rain shower had passed over, and the cobblestones in the entrance and the approaches to the buildings were wet and treacherous. Try to avoid this place on a wet day, The castle is home to the Stirling Heads, a collection of wooden carvings depicting kings, queens and other important people. It also has a discrete building whose contents are focused on royal lineage, and the restoration project that brought the castle back to life. The castle gardens outside the Prince's Wall is lovely, and is very well maintained. There are four different buildings available to be visited, but we did not visit all of them, partly due to the weather and the walking conditions. We were staying at Roman Camp Hotel in Callander that evening, and it was a short drive to get there from Stirling. Stirling Castle is well worth a visit!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 July 2023
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Jonathan S
Tooele, UT137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
We did this as part of a shore excursion when we docked in Greenock as part of our cruise. Our tour was through Discover Scotland Tours, highly recommend. With a last name if Stewart, I was extremely interested and it did not disappoint. Beautiful restoration of the king and queen rooms, plus plenty of children’s activities to connect it to modern life for them (helped my daughter). Plus many other points of interest. We had neatly 2 hours, but could’ve easily spent a whole day or longer.

Not the best for those with mobility issues, but should accommodate most people. Great for families of all ages. It was a drive from the ship but easily worth the visit. Bring rain gear and good shoes, but put this on your list no matter how you’re visiting Scotland.
Written 13 June 2024
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Donna H
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
Castle that is intact with furnishings. There are nice paintings a a wide variety of weapons and armor. Good view from the parapet.
Written 11 June 2024
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Beckiee
143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Had a lovely visit Stirling castle.

My only warning.. there is ALOT of reading I struggled to take it all in. So be prepared !

The car park is a first some first serve.m bases if you want to park there so be warned !

The castles has tours which sadly we missed and then forgot the next time it started haha. So I cannot make comment on that.

The grounds are very clean and tidy it’s a really lovely place to visit
Written 10 June 2024
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KaraXYZ
New York City, NY145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
It would be difficult to see all of Scotland’s castles on any single trip but this one is a must! The history is fascinating, the setting is stunning, and we were fortunate to have Joni as our tour guide. She is the most enthusiastic tour guide I’ve ever had at any site anywhere. Seriously. Take a guided tour, it is well worthwhile.
Written 10 June 2024
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Michelle N
Melbourne, Australia521 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Fabulous guided tour from Joni! She really knew her stuff and made the tour fun and interesting. The tapestries and bedrooms in the palace were particularly spectacular
Written 9 June 2024
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Olha and Roman N
Denver, CO20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
If you want to know about Scottish history then this castle will add many pieces of the puzzle. We had a tour guide which adds more history and details to your visit but this castle would be fine to visit even without a guide. Our guide was exceptional (provided with our entry fee by the castle mgmt). He made things come to life explaining the importance of the location. If in the area, don't skip this site.
Written 8 June 2024
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Sara G.
450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
Stirling Castle, perched majestically on top Castle Hill, is evidence for Scotland's architectural evolution. Initially constructed in the 12th century, this fortress has undergone significant modifications through to the 1600s, resulting in a stunning unification of many architectural styles, including Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic Revival, and Scottish Baronial architecture.

The castle's Renaissance influences are evident in the splendid Royal Palace, built by James V. I thought I was in Rome. In contrast, the Gothic Revival elements are shown in the Great Hall, restored in the late 19th century. It has the typical soaring arches and medieval structures. The Scottish Baronial style is evident in the castle’s defense walls and fortifications.

There are many layers to explore here. I can tell why this castle is a treasured part of Scotland.
Written 7 June 2024
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Livewell123
Canada194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Our admission included a free tour which we took advantage of. It was about 45 minutes and gave an informative and interesting look into the castle’s history. We really enjoyed visiting this castle. It’s very well maintained and gives a glimpse into Scotland’s rich history. Well worth a visit.
Written 6 June 2024
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LizzeeMoo
Penrhyn Bay, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Visited as four adults and one child and was lucky enough to secure free parking at the bottom of the hill with the same time restrictions, as the car park was full at the time of our visit. Bought out tickets on our mobile before entering to get a small discount.

The views from the various outdoor areas and gardens were excellent, with a lovely flowering garden and lawn. I was also really impressed with the corridor of very interactive rooms clearly aimed at children, which really captured by 5 year old's attention and she had to go back to the musical room before we left.

There are so many areas to explore, each with plenty of information and I enjoyed watching a couple of the videos playing - it was interesting to find out structures and statues on the side of the building had originally been painted! Overall, a very enjoyable experience and would recommend - give yourself a minimum of 3-4 hours.
Written 5 June 2024
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Sandra H
Thompsonville, MI348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This castle dates back to at least the 12th century and there has been a fortress at the site since prehistoric times. The castle is formidable, and we only gave ourselves two hours to see what we could since we stopped at Doune, Wallace and the Gin Distillery, all before dinner. We managed to see quite a bit, and it's included with the Explorer Pass if you buy one. Highly recommend a visit here!
Written 4 June 2024
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