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Stirling Castle

Upper Castle Hill | Old Town, Stirling FK8 1EJ, Scotland
01786 450 000
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Stirling
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Castles, Museums, Historic Sites
Activities: Getting married, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Dominating the skyline for miles around, Stirling Castle is a shining example of Renaissance architecture. Visitors can look out from its high stone... more » Owner description: Dominating the skyline for miles around, Stirling Castle is a shining example of Renaissance architecture. Visitors can look out from its high stone walls to the battlefields of Stirling Bridge where great medieval armies clashed to decide the fate of nations. Home to generations of Scottish monarchs including, Mary Queen of Scots, the Castle is an enduring and powerful reminder of our fascinating history. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I think of all the castles I have visited in Scotland, this is the most significant in terms of Scottish History. It's a must visit from that point of view and the work that has been done in terms of restoration is exemplary. The guided tours are quite animated and most informative. There are touchy feely things for the kids... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

While most of the buildings of Edinburgh Castle have been converted to museum or other usage, Stirling Castle perhaps provides a better choice if you would like to know how would this historical castle be in the past. The free guided tour which begins every hour is also great. We have learnt the interesting story of each part of the... More

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Corona, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We have seen a lot of castles and this is one of my favorites. There are so many nooks and crannies with several museums within. I liked the audio which helps understand the history. Don't miss this! As a side note, we left our car in the parking lot while we visited the nearby sights and even walked down to... More

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Sursee, Switzerland
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16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This was a very nice castle. I suggest you get there early or the parking lot fills up quick with tour buses. And getting there early means you beat the crowds, so double bonus! Some of the places can be a tad problematic with a stroller, so keep that in mind. There is a large garden out front which while... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to do some walking up a hill from the train station if buses are not available near the church and burger king.You could spend 2 hours or so seeing the castle if you are wanting to take a breather from the train ride to Edinburgh. The free guided tours inside are a plus. There is a tall statue... More

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Herkenbosch, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The outside of the castle is magnificent but inside it is very poor with very little to show. We wanted to go at our own pace but the signs and directions were hard to find. We were given a map, which helped but it was not an easy read. Must do better!

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Really liked this castle somewhat more than Edinburgh castle. This castle had great interactive displays for kids to interact with and the free guided tours that told the history of the castle and the area. The views are great and the surrounding city of Stirling has that small town feel.

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Sippy Downs, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

A well maintained castle with lots of very interesting history and lots to see in the many rooms and exhibits.

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Inveraray, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I didn`t like my visit at all. First the car park: line of cars up the hill, because you have to pay at the kiosk (like the guy couldn`t collect money once parked). Kiosk is on the left, very inconvenient if you`re a single traveller. Costs 4.00 even if you`re purchasing the castle ticket. Being an enthusiast of Scottish history,... More

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Easterton Wiltshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A brilliant castle with fantastic views and plenty to see and do. Taking the optional (free) tour dleivered by knowledgable and entertaining guides is the best way to get an overall understanding of the castle if you are limited for time. We took a tour and then explored on our own. The re-enactors in the State Apartments provide interesting presentaitions... More

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