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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

Loved this tour, Chris our driver was fab!

My friend and I really enjoyed this tour, and our driver Chris was very friendly helpful and above all knowledgable, highly recommended. Thanks for a wonderful day.

Had a great time and felt the Scotland spirit

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and we had a great time going through Scotland. She was also very attentive at creating the best atmosphere possible, always trying to match the stories with the places and also with the music played inside the bus. Definitely recommend it! Also, the hairy coo interaction was very fun, despite the weather.

Excellent guided tour! Thank you Jennifer.

What a great day we had on our tour to Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle. It may have rained on our boat ride around Loch Lomond but It didn’t dampen our spirits. The rain lifted and the sun came out for an afternoon at Stirling Castle. Jennifer was a wonderful guide...keeping us informed in advance of our stops along the tour, inspiring us with fitting Scottish tunes all while safely navigating along the winding roads. Jennifer made the tour for us!..,pleasant, informed, funny, patient, and came prepared with a bag of carrots for the hairy coos...and shortbread for each of us on our drive back to Glasgow

Amazing tour because done with a great guide

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 :)

Great experience - highly recommend this day trip!

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!

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