Stirling Castle


Castle Wynd, Stirling, ., FK8 1EJ

    Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle.

    Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to Stirling Castle to revel in its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens. It was a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations from christenings to coronations.

    Today you can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honour and servants who will welcome you into 16th century life. Families can have fun in the palace vaults where children can try out activities such as dressing in period costume and playing medieval instruments. Don't miss a guided tour with knowledgeable staff who will bring the castle's infamous characters and history to life in great detail.

    Other highlights include the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Castle Exhibition, Regimental Museum, Great Kitchens, Tapestry Studio and the nearby Argyll’s Lodging, a 17th century town house.
    There is a restaurant, the Unicorn Café, which offers a range of hot and cold drinks and food. Marvel at the spectacular views from the roof top terrace while you enjoy a freshly-prepared Scottish meal.
    There are three gift shops which stock a wide selection of gifts and souvenirs.
    With beautiful gardens to unwind in, costumed performers who bring history to life and welcoming staff, the award-winning Stirling Castle is a must-see for all the family.

    Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures page for any unexpected site closures You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.

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    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Winter Opening Times
    1 Oct 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
    Summer Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

    1 April - 30 September Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm (last entry 5.15pm)
    1 October - 31 March Daily 9.30am-5.00pm (last entry 4.15pm)
    Last ticket sold 45 mins before closing. Last entry to Military Museum 45 mins before closing.
    For Christmas and New Year opening times visit our website.

    Ticket Information
    Adult £14.50 per ticket
    Child £8.70 per ticket
    Concession £11.60 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Gluten Free
    • Kiosk/ Shop
    • Lunch Available
    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian


    • Toilets

    Languages Spoken

    • French Speaking
    • Gaelic Speaking
    • German Speaking
    • Italian Speaking
    • Japanese Speaking
    • Spanish Speaking


    • City Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Wedding Services

    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Wedding Packages Available


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available


    • ASVA Member
    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access
    • Picnic Area
    • Smoking Restricted

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Electron
    • JCB Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Paid Parking within easy distance
    • Parking
    • Private Car Space

    Road Directions

    If you are travelling from the east take the M9 to Junction 10 then follow local signs for the castle.

    If travelling from the west take A80, M80 then M9 leaving at junction 10.  

    Public Transport Directions

    If you are travelling by public transport the castle is only a few minutes away.

    There is a taxi rank just outside Stirling Train Station with a taxi to the castle taking less than 5 mins and costing around £3

    Stirling Bus Station, which is close by is also served by this taxi rank. However Mitchells Coaches operate a year-round hourly service to the castle. The service leaves from stand 14 at 39mins past the hour and takes around 10 mins to reach the castle     If you wish to walk to the castle allow 15-20 mins and follow local signage. It is all uphill however so may not be suitable for everyone

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair


    • Where there are films or information touch screens, they have visual / audible subtitles [e.g. to describe icons and images]
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
      • some routes


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • Transport is provided to take visitors from the car park to the attraction

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria


    • There is a lift

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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