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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.*

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