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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 3,062 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.

OUTSTANDING, sincerely enjoyed it from start to finish!!!

Loved all the sites and especially the lunch in Aberfoyle (sorry if spelt incorrectly). Had a great day and learned that perhaps I should research a little more about the history and not depend too much on the movie Braveheart!! Everyone we encountered was wonderful and friendly and a special thanks to Andy (tour guide) and Paul (castle guide) for making the trip worthwhile.

Definitely worth it if you are going to visit several castles.

Definitely worth it if you are going to visit several castles. You have faster access to visit the castle. Unfortunately, Dunnottar Castle was not included in this pass. My suggestion is that the tickets given were simply printed on paper as a receipt. Very easy to lose or throw away. For example, a smaller ticket or pass card. And add multiple locations.

Loved it, great way to experience some Scotland nature

Very comfortable transportation. Our guide was great. My favorite part was the walk around the Loch. Getting to experience the beauty of Scotland. Stop into the St Mocha coffee shop when you are done. Sterling Castle was very exciting. Highly recommend this tour. You get to see three different things in one day.

Excellent tour, one of the best we have been on.

Tour was with a small group not the big bus crowd. Driver provided excellent information as we traveled to each location. There was ample time at each location to take in the site, not rushed through as on other tours we have taken. Sterling Castle was the highlight of the stops, recommend this tour.

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