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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.

Stirling Castle: Our 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 to visit
    Seven days a week, winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    ** 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

Safe, Courteous, Fun Day-trip in Scotland

Tommy was a safe driver, fun tour guide, and courtesy must be his middle name because his passengers are his top concern.

Long but fabulous day thanks to our driver and guide Mark.

Fabulous day. The weather was kind and our driver/guide was full of knowledge and interesting trivia about the area.

Very easy to purchase on-line and to use at designated sites.

It was a good deal. It saved me money and I did not have to wait in any lines to get into the designated sites.

Historic Scotland 3 and 7-Day Explorer Pass Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/31/2017

Great tour, well worth the time and money!!

This was a highlight of our visit to Scotland. Being able to enjoy the gorgeous countryside while someone else did the driving was well worth the cost. The tour is a long day as it covers a very long distance but so worth it. Our driver, John, was fantastic!!! He kept us entertained and engaged, pointed out many, many interesting landmarks and informed us of local (and national!) legends. Our particular day we were caught behind an accident which closed the only road to Ft. William (entrance to Loch Ness) but John did EVERYTHING in his power to keep us informed and distracted!! The accident made his day very long but he stayed positive and encouraging and arranged to have our boat tour operators (Loch Ness) wait for us so we wouldn't miss it. Because of the extra efforts made by John and our other driver, I would highly recommend this tour - clearly they wanted us to enjoy it and they ensured we did!!

Nice tour with our great driver Gary - really recommend this guy!

We saw many impressive places, made a lot (additional) stops for photos and had a great driver, Gary. Funny guy with many good stories to share, but also with cool information about all the sights we visited.

Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Reviewed by Lukas-Benedikt, 07/24/2017

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