Stirling Castle was not only the home of Mary Queen of Scots, but also an important center of art and culture in the 16th century. Still dominating the region’s skyline, the castle remains one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture, with majestic halls, vaults, kitchens, and galleries. Climb the castle’s high stone walls to look over an area where medieval armies clashed and decided the fates of many European nations. Today, the site’s parade ground is often used for open-air concerts and other special events, with nearly 400,000 visitors dropping by the various attractions each year. Purchase your tickets online before stepping into the castle’s fascinating world of passion, political plots, and royal intrigue. Use our Stirling day trip tool to arrange your visit to Stirling Castle and other attractions in Stirling.
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Having been to both Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, I prefer Stirling as it seems to have a bit more to see (okay no crown Jewels but plenty of other historical artifacts, I found it a bit hard to...
Having been to both Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, I prefer Stirling as it seems to have a bit more to see (okay no crown Jewels but plenty of other historical artifacts, I found it a bit hard to... more »
This is not the best castle that you will see in Scotland. They have done extensive renovations to keep the castle from falling into disrepair. The best thing to see here are the carved wooden faces..... more
This is not the best castle that you will see in Scotland. They have done extensive renovations to keep the castle from falling into disrepair. The best thing to see here are the carved wooden faces..... more »
We loved Stirling Castle! We loved the history at Stirling Castle. The tour guide was great at sharing the history while making it interesting and fun! It was nice how the self guided tour walks you through how the histories of Scotland, England, and other European countries are intertwined. The castle itself is very impressive and even the color makes it interesting.
Absolutely fantastic! Staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. The castle grounds itself are extremely well maintained and clean. There is a lot more to do, see and learn. I much preferred Stirling Castle to Edinburgh. It was the highlight of our month long stay in Scotland.
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