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Stirling Castle: Tours & Tickets

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The History of Stirling Castle

One of Scotland's largest and most important castles, Stirling Castle is the site of many important battles in Scottish history. It's well worth a visit, but before you go, here are some historical snippets.

How old is Stirling Castle?

How old is Stirling Castle?

The King’s Old Building is the oldest part of the castle, and is over 500 years old!

William Wallace

William Wallace

In 1297 William Wallace at the Battle of Stirling Bridge defeated the much larger English army by trapping them on the bridge.

The Battle of Bannockburn

The Battle of Bannockburn

A significant Scottish victory over the English, who had until this point occupied the castle for 10 years!

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in Stirling Castle in 1543. She was only 9 months old, and apparently cried throughout the ceremony.

Modern use

Modern use

The castle is now a popular tourist site, and hosts cultural events and concerts regularly.

Our insider tips

What are the opening times?

The castle is open 7 days a week, in winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and in summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.

How much does entrance cost?

A standard adult ticket costs £14.50

Do I need to take a tour?

Tours are not compulsory, however they are reccommended and highly enjoyable!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Seven days a week, winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Regular adult ticket costs £14.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    The castle is about a 10 minute walk uphill from the Stirling train station, reached easily from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
  • Additional information
    ** Free guided tours are run by the castle staff throughout the day and audio-guides are available in several languages! | There are no facilities for luggage, so plan to leave any at the bust station.*

What people are saying about Stirling Castle

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 3,310 reviews

Excellent tour with very entertaining tour guide and driver

Scotland is beautiful I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit the Scottish attractions outside of Edinburgh. The tour guide, Eric, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He kept telling stories about himself, Scotland and any other attractions we are going to or pass on our way. He also complemented many of his stories with a famous Scottish folklore song or one from the well-known bands of Scotland. The tour also provides some discount on the Loch Lomond cruise tickets. There was enough time to enjoy all attractions except Stirling castle. It is optional so we decided to explore the area around Stirling castle. Stirling city is beautiful but there wasn't enough time to go down the Stirling city and then up again as well so we were stuck with exploring just the area around Stirling castle. I think the tour should provide 2-2.5 hours at Stirling castle instead of 1.5 hours. A huge shout out to Eric and Timberbush tours for making it a memorable experience for us.

Great to see where historical battles and Scottish monarchs lived

Real feeling of an historic monument, so many battles and kings and queens who lived and visited Sterling Castle. Although not big make sure you read go to the garden vaults and read the history before entering the castle, as this will give you the plotted history in a easy visual and script. Really enjoyed the views from the castle walls and the Great Hall. A must visit for Scottish heritage.

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Historically enlightening and so much fun!!!

Our guide Conner was absolutely amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed his company and were sad to end the day and have to say good-bye. The combination of his knowledge of facts/history and humour were delightful and added so much more to the experience then what we had expected for the day. I would recommend this tour and Conner as the host to everyone!

From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour Reviewed by

Terrific day trip with excellent driver/guide

We really enjoyed this interesting day with Andy, our guide. It had a little of everything- boat ride, rain squall, village lunch, cow feeding, and a very large castle, with excellent commentary and companions. Highly recommend.

Our trip was made by Stuart the guide / driver.

We had a great day out and Stuart our guide / driver was exemplary. He was knowledgeable and interesting throughout, even if he did support Rangers!!! Thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend to anyone.

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