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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?

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

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

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

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

We all had a fantastic day at Stifling Castle

We had a fantastic day we took our Grandson who is 6 yes old and he loved it and was kept amused all the time We travelled from Leicester England to visit Stifling Castle Lovely place a must for everyone to visit

Stirling Castle Tickets Reviewed by Jacqueline, 04/08/2018

The best way to get to know the highlands.

This tour was incredible. We visited amazing places and got to know more about Scotland's history. Our guide, Dave, was very nice. He explained us a lot of things and was always open to suggestions. I stayed hosted with my friends at a B&B in Portree and although it was a 10 minute walk from the centre, it was great. The accomodations were really good and the owners were very nice.

Great toir, amazing guide and a great ecperience@

Our guide James was great! Showed great knowledge about Scotland and its history and he was really passionate about it. We all got in the mood with him. He was great at customising the experience for us. We were really interested in castles and he made a few extra stops for us to admire them, even though some of them were not part of the tour.Landscapes and castles were awesome. Small groups are great! A fantastic experience!

Inverness and Highlands Small Group 2-Day Tour Reviewed by Patricia, 11/26/2017

A great way to see more outside of the city!

We loved this tour! The sights were beautiful but the information and history that our guide Gregor had to give was second to none and kept us interested the whole way. So glad we didn't miss it!

Excellant. Andrew is a super guide/driver/

We had a great time. More relaxed and less rushed than most tours. Andrew adjusted to our needs and likes/dislikes. Everyone got along and had fun. Strongly recommend Timberbush Tours and Andrew.

Loch Lomond, Trossachs and Stirling Castle Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/10/2017

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