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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.

Our insider 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 should I visit?
    Seven days a week, winter 9:30AM to 5:00PM and summer 9:30AM to 6:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information
    ** 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

Guide was excellent, made trip a great experience.

Lengthy stays at each location made journey worthwhile. Not expensive for such a comprehensive tour. Wonderful guide, warm manner,helpful and well informed.A must do for Outlander fans.

From Edinburgh: Outlander, Palaces and Jacobites Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/02/2018

Great acquaintance with Scotland Highlands overall

It’s definitely worth for your money. I would also include Inverness in a list of sightseeings. And a stop for taking a picture of Forth Bridge

Excellent general tour of Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle

The tour was just the right amount of stops and tours and information. Graham the tour guide did an excellent job with a good amount of history and anecdotes.

The tour was okay but not at all what it said on the website.

The tour was reverse from what was written on the website. The bed and breakfast on Skye was for two nights and was confusing as the breakfast was provided in a cafe but we were not told that, had to learn from someone else in the tour. Not a good representation of Scotland's hospitality.

Great tour into the earth of Scotland with a true Scotsman

The tour was absolutely perfect and well organized! We had our private tour guide (Neil, a true Scotsman!) that delighted us with historical knowledge, great company and interesting stories. All the stops were very well organized, and despite the little traffic on the way home, we managed to see and enjoyed everything... the road trip gave us the opportunity to see the countryside and appreciate the beautiful landscapes, and we made stops on the way for taking pictures and appreciate the view. Lunch was organized in an authentic Scottish Inn where Rob Roy had few drinks! The place is really a gorgeous pearl and the food is delicious. We truly recommend this tour if you want to have a taste of Scotland in 1 day!

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