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Explore a symbol of Scottish independence with advanced ticket entry to Stirling Castle and discover a source of national pride. Learn about the knights, nobles and ambassadors that flocked to the Royal Court to revel in the castle's grandeur.
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  • Enter the world of Scotland's Renaissance kings and queens
  • Step back into the sumptuous world of Stirling Castle’s Royal Court
  • See exhibits and memorabilia from conflicts all round the world at the Regimental Museum
  • Discover where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned
  • Admire one of the finest and best-preserved Renaissance buildings in Great Britain
Full description
Situated on the crest of a hill between the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands, Stirling Castle is one of the most impressive castles in Scotland, a source of national pride and intimately linked to the country’s fight for independence.

With this full-day entrance ticket you can avoid the lines at the ticket office to explore its treasures at your leisure. Highlights include the magnificent Great Hall, tranquil Queen Anne Gardens and the serene Chapel Royal, which dates back to 1594.

Step into a world of plots, passion, intrigue and high fashion as you learn about the people of the palace, such as James V, Mary Queen of Scots, and Regent Arran. Explore the sumptuous world of the Royal Court, highlighted by a 12 million pound project that has returned the 6 apartments in the castle’s Renaissance palace to how they may have looked in the mid-16th century.

Years of research were carried out by archaeologists, historians and other scholars to ensure that every detail - from the magnificent 4-poster beds to the heraldic decorations on the walls and ceilings - is as authentic as possible. Costumed performers in the role of nobles, guards, ladies-in-waiting, and Mary of Guise (mother of Mary, Queen of Scots), will help bring the experience to life.
  • Entrance to Stirling Castle
  • Short introductory guided tour (English only and first-come-first-served basis)
What’s Not Included
  • Audio guide

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Stirling Castle.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Free guided tours are available on a first-come-first-served basis
• Tours last approximately 30 minutes and run on the hour throughout the day
• To join a guided tour, please ask a member of staff at the castle to direct you to the next available tour
• Tour availability may vary depending on staffing and weather conditions
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Historic Environment Scotland

Product ID: 34299