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
About
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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  • Emma_fom_Ruislip
    United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So glad we decided to stop here
    This was our last stop on our road trip to Orkney and round the Scottish highlands. It was a last minute change of plan, to visit Stirling at all, let alone the castle. But I am so glad we did. The castle has an amazing history and a variety or areas and exhibitions to explore. It is well maintained, and not as packed as other castles. such as Edinburgh, so much more pleasant to wander around. Our 13 year old daughter said the castle was her favourite part of the whole trip!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Sandy M
    Bonnybridge, United Kingdom201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the wait in the Queue for the car park!
    Not our first visit but it never ceases to amaze! From the gardens to the Displays, from the history to the unrivalled views over the Carse it is a must see for any visitor. The restaurant/ cafe opn site is well priced and extremely efficient in service. The staff, all of them, are superbly well informed and helpful. A great day out well worth the queue for the Car Park.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • foxka
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit early in the day.
    Pre booked and went early to avoid queues. It is really well worth getting there as the gates open. Did a tour with Andrew who was ace. V sociable and friendly but most of all, had the most amazing knowledge and brilliant ability to make all the history come alive. He links all the tales together to give you a sense of the passing of time. He then recommended we watch Outlaw/King on Netflix which we wouldn’t have enjoyed half as much if he hadn’t explained so much beforehand! Pop to the Wallace Monument after. It also cements your understanding of Scottish history.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • KristofferH
    Kalmar, Sweden34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour and overall experience
    Our visit to Stirling was fantastic. A tour was included in the entry ticket and our guide Dave was funny and held a great presentation. Highly recommend taking the one hour tour. The castle cafe is also worth a visit. We were so glad we prioritised this visit, even after having visited Edinburgh castle.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Morag J
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful castle with stunning views
    The day before we were at Edinburgh castle which was incredible. Stirling is definitely worth a visit though, don't drive past and miss it. The views from the top were stunning and the castle itself was just beautiful. We spent three hours there and could have stayed for longer.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • JenBax86
    United Kingdom111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing staff and great day out
    I’ve lived in stirling my whole life however I’ve only been to the castle a handful of times. My niece and nephew (4 and 10) had never been so I took them on 01/08 for a day out. They absolutely loved it, especially the interactive exhibits and also the royal apartments. I wasn’t planning on leaving a review as the previous reviews say it all but I felt I had to because of the absolutely excellent service from all staff we encountered. The lady at the gate was so kind and took time to chat to the kids and gave them a sticker on the way out which my niece loved. The staff who worked in the king and queen’s bedchambers also took time to speak to both kids about and explain the history in a fun way that was easy for them to understand. Both kids loved these encounters and it really made their day out even more memorable. Even the guys working in the penny press room were so kind to give both kids a pressed penny when my card wouldn’t work. Honestly I can’t praise the staff enough. Considering how long a day it must be for them and how many people they must encounter, every one of them treated the kids with such a friendly and welcoming attitude. Keep up the good work guys and thanks for a great day. I have more nieces who I will definitely return with after this visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • ryanprint
    Green Bay, Wisconsin216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stirling Castle - better than Edinburgh Castle
    A litle tricky to get to, but Stirling Castle is great. I think between this and Edinburgh castle, this one is much more interesting. Very neat sculptures and architecturally very different. I highly recommend taking a guided tour - our guide really brought the story of the building of the castle and its inhabitants to life. In comparison to Edinburgh, just being significantly less crowded makes a difference, as you can move about things at your own pace without large tour groups shoving you about.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Michael S
    Cologne, Germany115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Glimpse into Scotland's Historic Majesty: Stirling Castle
    Stirling Castle is a true gem of Scotland's rich historical tapestry, perched atop a strategic hill overlooking the quaint town of Stirling. As a history enthusiast, my recent visit to this iconic landmark left me awe-inspired and captivated by its imposing beauty and profound significance in Scottish history. Upon approaching the castle, its grandeur becomes immediately apparent. The impressive stonework of the outer walls, towers, and battlements speak of a time when this fortress stood as a symbol of power and authority. As I explored the expansive grounds, I couldn't help but imagine the many battles and historic events that had taken place within these walls. The strategic location of Stirling Castle offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, which includes the nearby River Forth and the picturesque countryside. Standing at the castle's vantage points, I felt a profound connection to Scotland's natural beauty, and it allowed me to understand why this site held such strategic importance for its former inhabitants. One of the highlights of the visit was the Great Hall, a magnificent structure with an impressive hammer-beam ceiling and adorned with intricate tapestries. Stepping into the Great Hall felt like stepping back in time, and it provided valuable insights into the lifestyle and grandeur of the Scottish royalty. The castle's exhibits and displays expertly narrate the historical events that unfolded within its walls, providing visitors with a deeper understanding of Scotland's fascinating past. From the storied reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, to the dramatic battles of the Wars of Independence, each chapter of history is impeccably presented, making the experience both educational and entertaining. While Stirling Castle offers a glimpse into the rich history of Scotland, it must be noted that the lack of access to the interior on my visit was somewhat disappointing. It would have been a tremendous addition to explore the castle's interior chambers and witness firsthand the opulent furnishings and intricate details that lie within. Despite this minor drawback, Stirling Castle remains an absolute must-visit for history aficionados, architecture enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a deeper connection with Scotland's past. The castle's majestic exterior and captivating history make it an unforgettable experience. Whether you're a local or an international traveler, a visit to Stirling Castle is sure to leave you spellbound and with a newfound appreciation for Scotland's cultural heritage.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • veryeasilyconfused
    Crewe, United Kingdom281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views
    The views from the castle are breathtaking and worth a visit! The castle is, as you would expect, full of history and information and is a great way to spend a couple of hours if you like that type of thing. The only downside was the parking. Signs said the carpark was full so we located nearby street parking yet the carpark had loads of available when we walked through it. I'd probably have a look first if I was going again. But it is well worth a visit and the views are amazing
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Kathy B
    Glenarm, Illinois93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see and do! Then explore the surrounding area too!
    Fascinating historical castle to explore! They have an area inside you can join a castle guide. I highly recommend that in order to get a better grasp of the history and layout of the castle. Then there is plenty of time to explore on your own after the tour. Although it rained all day while we were there, our guide Sarah made it easy to forget we were walking in the rain. She is very knowledgeable and made the tour more interesting.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 August 2023
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Jo b
14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
We went to the castle today and paid £26 with parking plus £5 for a guide book. The book was a complete waste of time. It tells you in great detail about all the parts of the building that you can't visit at the moment! I approached the entrance to the Queens rooms to be met by a very pleasant lady who told me it was closed but asked me if I had a QR reader on my phone. I was puzzled by this but said yes. She then invited me to hold my phone over a QR icon and said I would be directed to a you tube video of the interior of the building!
I honestly thought this was a windup but she was serious.
I did not pay £26 to watch a video, i may as well have stayed at home. There is nothing of any real note worth seeing, just two large rooms that are empty and by all accounts are reproductions of the originals. I am aware that the castle must provide a lot of local employment but really, at the moment it is a rip off and if the management had any shame it should either reduce the price to reflect how little there is to see or just close until further notice.
Written 16 September 2020
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Hi Jo, Thank you for writing a review and your nice comments about our member of staff. We are disappointed to hear that your visit did not live up to your expectations. We have been working incredibly hard to ensure that we can re-open safely, but as a result of Scottish Government guidelines we are unable to reopen all areas of the castle just yet. We have reduced the admission price accordingly. We appreciate that not all parts mentioned in the guide books are open at present, but believe that visitors to the castle are interested in the more than 900 year of castle history as well as the function and history of the different buildings at the castle, all of which are covered in our guide book. The scannable interpretation was introduced temporarily as an add on digital experience to enhance your visit until we can safely reopen all parts of the castle again. As a part of Historic Environment Scotland, our job is to protect, present and promote Scotland's built heritage and we feel the reduced admission reflects the offer and helps us to continue our important work and look after the conservation and preservation of over 300 sites across Scotland. Thank you again for your feedback.
Written 17 September 2020
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Albia-Newton
Evanton, UK4,692 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
A bit disappointed as I had been here before a long time ago. Talked the place up to my wife so imagine my disappointment to discover that despite full entry price being charged most areas of the castle were closed off

The only bits currently open are the great hall and the chapel. Everything else is shut

Access was also very difficult as roads from the city were shut off and apparently had been so for a week. Despite this no useful information had been posted on the website which of course one had to visit to prebook tickets

Tried to raise an issue with duty manager who completely refused to see that there was any viewpoint other than his own and was totally unhelpful and unwelcoming. Which is a shame as all other staff we met were charming and helpful so not quite sure why the manager was so unhelpful

We managed to catch one of the information talks in the great hall. Very interesting and well delivered by a lovely and clearly enthusiastic staff member
Written 8 September 2020
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Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We have forwarded your comments about staff and your experience to the castle team and are sorry to hear that your visit did not live up to your expectations. We have listed what is open and what remains closed on our all websites and have done our utmost to make this as clear as possible through various media outlets, but will continue to review how we communicate this information. As a part of Historic Environment Scotland, our job is to protect, present and promote Scotland's built heritage and we feel the reduced admission reflects the offer and helps us to continue our important work and look after the conservation and preservation of over 300 sites across Scotland. Thank you again for your feedback.
Written 16 September 2020
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Ang G
Scottish Highlands, UK555 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Came a couple of days ago, saw that you can book online but as we weren’t sure what time we’d arrive we decided to just chance it. We arrived at about 10.30am and were told we could visit but were asked to go onto the website to book the tickets rather than being able to buy at the kiosk. Was a bit of a faff standing outside doing this on our phones but got there eventually! We weren’t give a choice to buy the tickets actually at the castle so I just hope that if someone turned up and didn’t have access to the website they would be more accommodating.

Once inside there are toilets and a gift shop before you enter the main part. A couple of areas are currently closed (the vaults was one of them and a lot of the interactive stuff was shut off) but there’s still lots to see. We were there around 2 hours. There is a cafe (we didn’t use it) and picnic benches dotted around outside so it would be nice in warmer weather to stop and take a wee break whilst walking around the site.
Written 24 January 2022
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kindredpup
Pennsylvania262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
I've wanted to visit this castle since I was a child. Last year my dream came true. I understood from reviews in advance that this castle is better (and less crowded) than Edinburgh so skipped Edinburgh. We were not disappointed.

We purchased tix on line in advance, and spent the entire afternoon touring the castle and grounds. While there were a lot of people here, and it was a nice day, we didn't feel it was overly crowded or so much that it would not be enjoyable.

The guide was most informative and helpful. Of course we stopped for some refreshments ($6 for 2 drinks and 1 pack of wafers) and visits to each gift shop which vary in quality from expensive finely made goods to cheap trinkets.

Save some walking time to view the Star Pyramid & Martyrs Monument at the base of castle, and cemetery across the street. All in all, this was definitely worth the visit. We could have easily spent an entire day there.
Written 26 April 2020
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colleenlumsden
Brechin, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The rooms where there were actors , they brought the castle to life … well done to these lovely people … who made a special day for our visually impaired granddaughter …
The ladies who helped up set us the audio at reception.Lots to see and lots of information to take in ( audio was very well presented)
A real step back in time and learned a lot too.
Well done to all the staff at Stirling Castle
Only down side the cafe was a little bit over priced but otherwise would highly recommend a visit here
Written 10 April 2022
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Andrea
Lancashire684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Magnificent castle with 360 views over the lovely Stirlingshire countryside.

Booked online for the car park and castle and opted to print our tickets which proved a good option as we went straight to the entrance, other visitors were being held in an area and being called up in couples/small groups to access their tickets, I think they were having some issues with IT.

The number of visitors were small at 10am and we spent a leisurely 3 hours looking around and having a cup of tea from the on-site cafe without throngs of people.

Toilet facilities were clean and easily accessible at the main entrance.

Many sanitising stations around the place with face masks mandatory for inside areas.

The staff were some of the friendliest I’ve come across.
Written 21 June 2021
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WeezyA
Aberdeen, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
I just wanted to take the time to say how much we enjoyed our visit yesterday, despite the restrictions. If truth be told, having a bit more space to explore was actually quite pleasant, even if it meant waiting outside areas for them to clear inside. They’ve got a very efficient and well staffed system ensuring everyone’s safety. The staff were politely assertive with people who possibly failed to recognise there was a queue (not often though) yet appeared relaxed and appropriately chatty with child appropriate stories about the castle to keep us going. Very impressive. I was also very relieved the cafe was open! Thank you everyone.
Written 24 October 2020
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BillNorthumberland
Choppington, UK622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
We visited with a disabled friend so we pre-booked tickets and parking. The parking cost £4 but on arrival we were told that Blue Badge parking was free and that we should apply for a refund. Why isn't this make clear on the booking site?

We all enjoyed our visit but the only negative was the wheel chair/ disabled person lift in the museum was not in use due to Covid restrictions, this needs reviewing.
Written 7 October 2021
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Aspen M
Glasgow, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Beautiful, well kept place with lots to see. I did not have a tour guide so cannot give opinions on that, but it's very easy to follow with the resources they give in the booking email. I would recommend pre-booking to save a little bit of money and be guaranteed entry. The views from the castle walls are stunning. A distant view of the Wallace Monument can be seen from out front.

Exhibits catered to many interests and ages.

I visited on a Sunday and it was relatively busy.

I'd recommend giving yourself 2-3 hours here, especially if you're like me and love to read all of the signs in the exhibits. I was there about 2 1/2 hours, but I skimmed some areas due to not wanting to be in people's way.
Written 31 May 2022
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L18SUM
Stirling, UK1,808 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
First visit to our local castle using our Historic Scotland membership. It'll be one of many visits I'm sure!

Our 7 and 4 year old enjoyed walking around the castle at their own pace, looking at exhibits and listening to the staff, particularly the ones in period costume. They're all so knowledgeable, friendly and I think they make the castle a class apart.

Unfortunately where it's let down is the Unicorn Cafe where the staff were visibly quite harassed when we visited - you'd think at peak lunchtime hours they'd have all their food out by unfortunately the sandwiches were slow and I heard the next batch of macaroni cheese would be 20 minutes. I felt sorry for the foreign visitors - not a good service nor the quality expected for the price. Be prepared for sky high prices and my tomato and basil soup was salty, tasted like it was out of a packet (not even a tin!) and the portion of bread on the side was laughable (they gave me a broken bit, not even a full slice!).

The grounds are immaculate and great for sitting out on a dry and sunny day or for the kids to have a run around. We didn't see any displays on this occasion and there were still a few exhibits that were not open.

Adults really enjoyed the history and education from the displays so it's a great visit all around.

Other than the cafe, a really great experience. Hopefully on our future visits we can get this review up to a full score. Enjoy!
Written 9 April 2022
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