We visited Stirling Castle on 4th April 2018.
Our first issue with the place was that after driving stop/start up a cobbled hill, when we eventually reached the car park, we were told they don’t accept any card payments for parking, and that we would have to drive back into town and then queue again for an hour.
Well after ringing Scottish tourism information, they told us that we could park for free just round the corner in the old jail, as long as we were out by 5pm. Kudos to them for helping us out.
Me and my girlfriend visit a lot of old castles, palaces and stately homes. The day before we had visited Scone Palace. It’s the attraction of seeing an old structure frozen in time, and being able to see real history...
What they have done with Stirling castle is a real shame. The rooms are bare, with little or no furniture or paintings in them. And the walls, floors and ceilings are terrible.
Instead of renovating or restoring the walls with the original artwork and decor, they appear to have sanded down the walls, and just painted patterns on the wall. It looks more like a children’s attraction than a historic castle.
Overall it’s thoroughly disappointing, and I would recommend instead that people visit one of the many other castles in the area.
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