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Stirling Castle

Upper Castle Hill | Old Town, Stirling FK8 1EJ, Scotland
+44 1786 450000
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Dominating the skyline for miles around, Stirling Castle is a shining example of Renaissance architecture. Visitors can look out from its high stone walls to the battlefields of Stirling Bridge where great medieval armies clashed to decide the fate of nations. Home to generations of Scottish monarchs including, Mary Queen of Scots, the Castle is an enduring and powerful reminder of our fascinating history.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
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Upper Castle Hill | Old Town, Stirling FK8 1EJ, Scotland
+44 1786 450000
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Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

A beautiful castle in a wonderful setting. Fabulous views of the Ochil Hills. There are few castles in Scotland to rival Stirling Castle. Superior to Edinburgh Castle in many ways. Bring your camera. Child friendly. Free tours. Had a great day out with a friend....More

Thank IntheBirchForest
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Excellent castle. Love it more than Edinburgh. Views are stunning. Staff are helpful and friendly. Cafe sells lovely food. Very interesting displays. Worth a visit any time of year. Good gift shop.

Thank hopesendsharon
Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

We arrived at the magnificent Stirling Castle an hour before closing and it really wasn't enough time I imagine you would need at least 2/3 hours to comfortably see everything. The great hall is amazing, loved the characters walking around the palace. Breathtaking views -...More

1  Thank Lucy A
Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

This was a great family day out. There were lots of outdoor and indoor areas to explore, beautiful grounds, spectacular views and well maintained facility. Lots of walking involved to get around the site, so not for the faint hearted, although there are several places...More

1  Thank Nicole S
Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

I went there in December, and it happened to be raining. That sort of ruined the trip a bit. But the castle is actually nice. The staffs are nice, they'll greet you as you walk past them. The exhibitions may not be as much compared...More

Thank hns1203
Reviewed 16 February 2016

Arrived on a sunny winters day. The views from the castle offer a 360 degree panorama across the Forth valley and beyond to the snow capped peaks of the Southern Highlands. The castle itself is an interesting place and we joined a guided tour to...More

Thank JCT61
Reviewed 16 February 2016

There's so much to see and do here - lots of hands on exhibits which keeps youngsters entertained and interested as well as enough to satisfy the history/military buffs. Commentaries in other languages were available which suited our friends from Belgium but, best of all,...More

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

In my opinion better than Edinburgh. Great restoration job in the great hall and palace. Loads to see and takes time to see it all. Great views from the ramparts.

Thank Alastair W
Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

We used our historic pass and also took advantage of the free tour, our guide Charlie was amazing and very informative in giving the history of the castle as well as pointing out places to see in the castle after the tour was completed, I...More

1  Thank Brittany D
Reviewed 15 February 2016

...visiting the castle, you are join by fabulous guests...meaning guides, dressed in old times clothes...all there are an encyclopedia and like actresses their performance are deserving an OSCAR prize!...enjoy!...

Thank dann_57
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is there a shuttle bus from railroad station?
30 May 2017|
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Response from Karen C | Reviewed this property |
Apparently there is regular bus service from Stirling city centre to the castle that runs every 15 minutes but you can also take a taxi outside the station.
JoAnn S
We are coming on a tour with Discover Scotland tours. The entrance to the castle is not included. Should we buy tickets ahead of time or will there much of a line?
15 May 2017|
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Response from Winseven | Reviewed this property |
We were there in mid-April. No line.
Mary R
Hi is the castle and grounds wheel chair freindly
19 April 2017|
Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Thanks for your message. Most parts of the castle are accessible by wheelchair, but as a historic building some are not. Areas unsuitable for wheelechair access: •Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum •The Great... More