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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

Excellent actual guide group was Rabbies, Gillian our guide top notch!

Gillian made the whole experience - she used in personal perspective to add color, history and personality to the whole day. She had music picked out that match where we were adding to the experience.

West Highland Lochs and Castles - Small Group Tour Reviewed by Jeffrey, 10/01/2017

Literally sky high (lands) tour with awesome guide

2 day tour @ Highlands with over sleep in Inverness. Our tour guide Andy was the best. Showing us all the 'must see' spots. Really recommended for all movie fans - Skyfall, upcoming Avengers, Harry Potter and tv series like Outlander as well . Beautiful views. Great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Inverness and Highlands Small Group 2-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/26/2017

It was very easy to redeem our voucher for tickets.

Interesting castle, easy to use the voucher for ticket. We had our own guide so I cannot comment on castle personnel. Would have liked to have lots more time there.

Stirling Castle Tickets Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/23/2017

Perfect family day trip through the highlands - would highly recommend

A fairly packed day in comfortable coach with safe and friendly, knowledgeable driver. Thoroughly enjoyed it as a family including two kids aged 10yrs & 6yrs. Highly recommended

A fabulous mix of history, scenery and whisky!

I've learned that booking a day tour is always a good idea, and I'm so glad we spent our last day in Scotland on this tour! We loved Edinburgh and Scotland, but Brian's vast knowledge of local history, great and funny storytelling, plus incredible sights and whisky made the trip complete! We're coming back, for sure. I want to do a multi-day tour to Islay and the Highlands!

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