Sadly, we all agreed that Stirling Castle was the most disappointing place we visited in over four weeks of holidaying. I had been really looking forward to this visit, having read great things on TripAdvisor, but found the reality to be very different. We got there just after opening, so were able to park without issues, though parking was 4 pound. Entry was then 14 pound, and we turned down the option to have an audio guide for another 3 pound. It was all just getting too expensive. From the outside, the castle looks great, but inside, it is a case of find something original! It seems that every room has been re-decorated in the style of the period it was made. I can appreciate what they were trying to achieve, but it didn't feel like a historical castle, and rather like a "fake" castle instead.
We wanted to learn more about the history of the castle, but the signs weren't all that informative. Maybe it is better with the audio guides. The staff were friendly and informative when we asked a question. We usually spend hours looking through castles, but sped through this so quickly, as there was nothing to grab our interest. There was very little historical material on display at all. The kitchens were particularly bad. The video on display talking about the kitchens looked like it was made decades ago, it was so dated.
We drove a fair distance out of our way to visit the castle, which was our biggest regret of the holiday, as it took time away from other wonderful places we could have visited. This castle is nothing compared to Edinburgh castle.
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