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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

Very beautiful with a really nice drive guide

The drive guide was really talkative and told us many interesting things About scotland.
Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/06/2016

Great guide and experience seeing a part of Scotland

It was a great experience to have the leisure of seeing castle, country, and cocktails. Our guide was wonderful and full of great information and energy. He had the perfect recommendations for lunch, what we should concentrate on seeing and how the day would go. I would recommend the tour if you only have a day.
Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Minicoach Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/19/2016

Strong Scottish pride every step of the way!

Could have been luckier! Got the perfect weather to visit the castle. Stunning views, useful stops (drinks, food and, of course, toilets), lovely guides, dedicated personel wherever I looked. The strong Scottish pride showing off every step of the way, through people, places and, most of all, the stories they left their descendants with. Loved every moment of it!
Stirling Castle Skip-the-Line Tickets Reviewed by Nicoleta, 09/17/2016

Phantastic guide! Learn a lot. Saw a lot. Enjoyed every minute! Keith!

Phantastic guide! Learn a lot. Saw a lot. Enjoyed every Hood mixture of culture, landscape and interesting stories!
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day-Tour Reviewed by clara, 08/29/2016

Great tour with a really fantastic tour guide!

We enjoyed the tour a lot, especially our tour guide Don (Donald) was entertaining and very informative!
Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day-Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/16/2016

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