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  • Looking up at a statue of Robert the Bruce on the castle esplanade with the National Wallace Monument behind, Stirling
    A statue of Robert the Bruce with the National Wallace Monument behind, Stirling
  • Looking up to Stirling Castle at night, Stirling
    Stirling Castle
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    The City of Stirling
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    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.

Explore Stirling

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.

From here you can see the winding River Forth and the National Wallace Monument standing on the edge of the rolling Ochills. Look north east and you can also spot the peaks of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

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Places to eat

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.

Visit distilleries at Deanston and Glengoyne, the Allanwater Brewhouse, or take a wander around one of the farmers’ markets to speak to local producers and pick up some tasty treats.

Eat out in Stirling

History and heritage

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.

National Wallace Monument, StirlingClose 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.

Discover the area's history

Attractions

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.

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Nightlife

Make a night of it in Stirling and you'll find that there are plenty of things to do, whether you want to catch a performance at the Macrobert Arts Centre, a gig at the Tolbooth, explore the city's haunts on an night ghost walk, or simply relax in one of the traditional pubs or stylish bars.

Shopping

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.

Browse shops in and around Stirling

Family things to do

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.

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Events

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.

Throughout the year there are a range of great performances to watch, such as a concert at the Albert Halls, a gig at the Tolbooth and theatre, dance or comedy at the macrobert Arts Centre.

In 2014 there will be many Homecoming Scotland events taking place in and around the city, including the 163rd Bridge of Allan Highland Games.

Homecoming is a country-wide celebration of all things Scottish and will include and range of excellent events and things to do throughout the year.

See what's on in Stirling

Nearby

Stirling is a great base for some of the major events taking place throughout the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014, such as the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup which are taking place nearby.

You can also easily explore Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park from Stirling. Take a trip to Loch Katrine and sail aboard the SS Sir Walter Scott, named after the Scottish writer and poet. The Trossachs is known as ‘Rob Roy Country’ as this is where the famous outlaw hid from his pursuers. Visit his grave in Balquhidder or enjoy a walk along the 92 mile, long-distance route, the Rob Roy Way.

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