Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

No visit to Stirling is complete without a trip to the Castle! Once the heart of the Scottish Monarchy and the centre of courtly life, the impressive palace and fortress have roots in ancient times and the additions over the centuries tell an architectural story as well as a cultural one. Explore the wealth of history, art and wonder stored inside and outside its walls, the views alone will take your breath away! The palace, which was once the seat of King James V, is one of the best-preserved renaissance buildings in the whole UK as well as the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots! With so much history to discover and lavish rooms to explore, Stirling Castle is the perfect place to spend the day and a must-add for your Stack!

Why not add Stirling Castle to your Stack?

This amazing historic site is definitely worth a visit! With tons to do and see for people of all ages, it's a great thing to do on holiday or as a fun day trip. Fans of Scottish history would have an incomplete Stack without this historic gem on it.

Whilst you could spend the whole day here, with a great cafe on site and plenty to keep you occupied, there’s also plenty to do in the city below! With numerous other fascinating historic sites around the castle including the jailhouse, –, and famously haunted graveyard, just walking around Stirling is a treat in itself. If you’re looking to do the full history tour then be sure to visit the Bannockburn centre as well as the Wallace monument just outside of town, commemorating the fight for Scottish independence.

  • Adult tickets are £14, Concessions (65+) are £11.20, and £8.40 for Children (under 15)
  • Family tickets range from £28-£48 depending on group size
  • Ticket prices are currently reduced due to reduced access to some parts of the castle due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • Book parking in advance if required
  • Walking distance from the train station
  • Contact them if you have any concerns about accessibility and they’ll do their best to make sure you have a smooth visit

Things to do near Stirling

Distill your own Gin in Stirling

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Ghostwalk through Stirling

Fancy a bit of a fright? A trip to Stirling would be incomplete without taking one of its iconic Ghost Walks! Get swept up in the history and legends of Stirling by a colourful cast of ...

Stirling Old Town Jail Tour

Discover the secrets of the old town jail, and learn about the dark history of corporal punishment in Stirling with this fun and informative tour. With their new audio tour recorded by their brilliant team of ...

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

A true hidden gem, the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is home to amazing art and historic artefacts, from ancient tools and jewellery to breath-taking depictions of famous battles and historic figures – they even ...

Stirling Detective Mystery Trail

Want to explore the streets of Stirling with a real sense of purpose? Try the Detective Mystery trail – an addictive and family-friendly way to interact with this beautiful historic city! Lasting around an hour and ...

Weaving Workshop in Stirling

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The National Wallace Monument

Don’t pass up the opportunity to see Stirling from a bird’s eye view at the National Wallace Monument! Built to commemorate Scotland’s national hero William Wallace, this tower has become as much a part of the ...

The Battle of Bannockburn Centre in Stirling

See history unfold like never before with the Battle of Bannockburn Experience in Stirling! This immersive recreation of the famous battle for Scottish independence against the English army, complete with the sights and sounds of battle ...

Briarlands Farm in Stirling

Fancy a relaxing trip to the farm with the family? Briarlands Farm is home to loads of friendly animal faces and offers a place for you to take your friends and family and meet all of ...

Safari Park in Stirling

Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! With over 350 animals, Blair Drummond Safari Park is the best place in Scotland to come and see an amazing range of animals from all over the world and ...

Craft Workshops in Dunblane

Attention all arts and crafters this one is for you! Delve into a world of creativity at the Central Scotland School of Craft and learn anything from weaving to carving, to doll making – whatever strikes ...

Doune Castle

If you’re a fan of classic TV or just fascinating Scottish history, Doune Castle has to be on your Stack! A film location for Monty Python, Outlander and even Game of Thrones, this medieval castle is ...