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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.
The King’s Old Building is the oldest part of the castle, and is over 500 years old!
In 1297 William Wallace at the Battle of Stirling Bridge defeated the much larger English army by trapping them on the bridge.
A significant Scottish victory over the English, who had until this point occupied the castle for 10 years!
Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in Stirling Castle in 1543. She was only 9 months old, and apparently cried throughout the ceremony.
The castle is now a popular tourist site, and hosts cultural events and concerts regularly.
The castle is open 7 days a week, in winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and in summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.
A standard adult ticket costs £14.50
Tours are not compulsory, however they are reccommended and highly enjoyable!
- 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 thereThe 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
I came to Glasgow alone, never did I think I would have such a good time. Grant Scott, I believe this was the guide's name I apologise if I've got it slightly wrong, I'm going by memory now as its been a while, but the reason I'm back is because today I'm thinking about my short trip to Scotland. Grant made my trip, he was so knowledgeable yet made what he knew so interesting and fun. There was never a dull moment on the trip, we had a great laugh in the process, the experience was captured by beautiful sights, historical knowledge and great Scottish people, would definitely recommend this company if all your representative are like Grant and if Grant gets to read this, I'm the girl from the AA who wore the yellow coat and black attire representing my work as you joked. I highly recommend this tour, you get the best of all worlds for a reasonable price. Grant is a great representative for this company and if all your staff are like him you have an amazing team. I will be back again :)
Our driver, Sergio, was friendly, engaging, knowledgable and entertained us with did-bits of local Scottish history throughout the trip. It was a full day but went by fast and was well worth it. I'd highly recommend this day trip!
The stop for lunch leaves a lot to be desired. Lunch cold place gruby and loos dirty.Please change the venue
Paul our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable in discussing the surroundings with us - he was also great at getting to know the tourists on the bus
What a great day with Mark! May have best part of our trip. Tour covered so much ground, literally and physically. Day flew by.