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A statue of Robert the Bruce with the National Wallace Monument behind, Stirling
The City of Stirling
Thistles Shopping Centre on Port Street, Stirling
On a visit to Stirling you'll enjoy all the benefits of a city break, including a range of accommodation, restaurants and excellent events, whilst also discovering many of the country's most historic moments and famous characters at much-loved attractions.
The city is compact and easy to explore on foot or by bus. Head up through the Old Town to the hill-top esplanade of Stirling Castle to enjoy excellent panoramic views.
Enjoy delicious food and drink on your break to Stirling in friendly pubs, cosy cafés and buzzing restaurants. With the handy Stirling Food and Drink app, you'll discover some great places to eat that showcase the delicious local produce is just at your fingertips.
The spectacular Royal Palace and impressive Stirling Tapestries of Stirling Castle really are special. The castle has played an importact role through history and was once the residence of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Close to the city, the National Wallace Monument is well worth a visit for the fantastic views from the top and the exhibition about the life and times of one of Scotland’s greatest national heroes, Sir William Wallace.
Nearby, you can find out about the Battle of Bannockburn where King Robert the Bruce secured his greatest victory in his quest for Scottish independence.
Go on a walking tour of the Old Town to hear tales of past residents and ghost stories.
As well as the city's splendid castle, the Old Town is also home to Argyll's Lodging, a 17th century town house with a fascinating history. Other city attractions include Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, with its detailed local history, artefacts and visiting exhibitions.
Take some time to discover the cultural side of Stirling on your break here by visiting the independent crafts and clothing boutiques and high street shops on offer in the main shopping centres and streets.
Make sure that you stop by the Palace Vaults at Stirling Castle to enjoy a range of activities which have been created especially for children - including dress up and medieval music!
Look out for special family events at all of the attractions including re-enactment events, performances and activity days. The Macrobert Arts Centre specialises in children's theatre, so it's worthwhile checking out what's on there too.
Whether you want to ring in the New Year at Stirling Castle's popular Hogmanay celebrations, enjoy excellent crime fiction events at the Bloody Scotland book festival or attend a traditional Highland Games, the city is the place to be.