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“We don't have castles in Australia, so I was prepared to 'overdose' on them when we visited the UK”
Review of Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Parking at Stirling was amazing - we parked right outside the door. We had previously visited Warwick Castle and almost needed a packed lunch to get to the entrance, so the easy parking at Stirling was appreciated. Luckily we had bought a Heritage card so we only paid half price for entry. Before we left home we were told we had to see 'Stirling Castle it's much better than Edinburgh Castle' At the time of visiting Stirling we hadn't visited Edinburgh yet, but I was disappointed because I thought Warwick was nicer of the two and grander. The view from Stirling on top of the hill was lovely. What I liked about Stirling was they had people dressed in costume from that era which added to the experience. The girls in the gift shop in the castle were very helpful and told us the shop at the front of the castle might have what we were looking for - which they did. If I hadn't seen Warwick first, Stirling would have been up there. Edinburgh here I come

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

I've visited both Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle in the same week, and Stirling is definitely tops. I still strongly recommend a visit to Edinburgh Castle, but the tour, history, and dramatic view are incredible at Stirling. Make sure to take the top of the hour tour, and then follow up with a more in depth walk around to the individual buildings of the castle.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

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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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We visited Stirling castle on our way from the Scottish Highlands to Edinburgh. It was a great stop-off point and we are so glad that we visited Stirling rather than Edinburgh castle. Edinburgh castle was manic and over-run with coach parties at 10.30 on a Monday.
The position of the castle is spectacular, perched on top of the hill. We joined a tour and it is really worthwhile and so interesting. It is a lovely castle with so much history, great views and interesting exhibits. If you have an English Heritage card, you can use it for half-price in the 1st year or free for 2nd year and onwards. It is so easy to forget to use these cards and with an admission price of £14 it does make a difference.

Thank denise l
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

it was too late to get possibility to visit the castel , but the view on top of the hill is really great
(be aware that most of castles etc are closed at 5pm ...) the city is medieval, old buildings in very good state ...

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