Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle: Hours, Address, Stirling Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Stirling Castle
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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.
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Very good

Jason P
Guildford, UK38 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
I was surpried to get free entry into the castle with a English heritage membership, there were several price listings all easy to understand, if you were a new member you got a reduced entry fee but a renewed member gave free access but no discounts in the cafe or shop that is reserved for Scotland heritage members as expected!
It is an exposed site so if windy or wet wrap up well, there is a free guided tour however there were lots of people on it so I toured myself, lots of QR codes to scan for more info but also lots of info of the plaques dotted around! All the staff were very helpful and all to willing to pass on their knowledge of the site enthusiastically! The cafe was welcome to warm me up with a hot chocolate but they did soup and sandwiches as well as a range of hot drinks sit in or out space permitting.
Toilet facilities were clean and the shops were on a traffic light entry system, the buildings had a one way system in place also.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in historic buildings!
Written November 10, 2021
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Brechin, UK4 contributions
Apr 2022
The rooms where there were actors , they brought the castle to life … well done to these lovely people … who made a special day for our visually impaired granddaughter …
The ladies who helped up set us the audio at reception.Lots to see and lots of information to take in ( audio was very well presented)
A real step back in time and learned a lot too.
Well done to all the staff at Stirling Castle
Only down side the cafe was a little bit over priced but otherwise would highly recommend a visit here
Written April 10, 2022
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Ang G
Scottish Highlands, UK79 contributions
Jan 2022
Came a couple of days ago, saw that you can book online but as we weren’t sure what time we’d arrive we decided to just chance it. We arrived at about 10.30am and were told we could visit but were asked to go onto the website to book the tickets rather than being able to buy at the kiosk. Was a bit of a faff standing outside doing this on our phones but got there eventually! We weren’t give a choice to buy the tickets actually at the castle so I just hope that if someone turned up and didn’t have access to the website they would be more accommodating.

Once inside there are toilets and a gift shop before you enter the main part. A couple of areas are currently closed (the vaults was one of them and a lot of the interactive stuff was shut off) but there’s still lots to see. We were there around 2 hours. There is a cafe (we didn’t use it) and picnic benches dotted around outside so it would be nice in warmer weather to stop and take a wee break whilst walking around the site.
Written January 24, 2022
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Stirling, UK357 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
First visit to our local castle using our Historic Scotland membership. It'll be one of many visits I'm sure!

Our 7 and 4 year old enjoyed walking around the castle at their own pace, looking at exhibits and listening to the staff, particularly the ones in period costume. They're all so knowledgeable, friendly and I think they make the castle a class apart.

Unfortunately where it's let down is the Unicorn Cafe where the staff were visibly quite harassed when we visited - you'd think at peak lunchtime hours they'd have all their food out by unfortunately the sandwiches were slow and I heard the next batch of macaroni cheese would be 20 minutes. I felt sorry for the foreign visitors - not a good service nor the quality expected for the price. Be prepared for sky high prices and my tomato and basil soup was salty, tasted like it was out of a packet (not even a tin!) and the portion of bread on the side was laughable (they gave me a broken bit, not even a full slice!).

The grounds are immaculate and great for sitting out on a dry and sunny day or for the kids to have a run around. We didn't see any displays on this occasion and there were still a few exhibits that were not open.

Adults really enjoyed the history and education from the displays so it's a great visit all around.

Other than the cafe, a really great experience. Hopefully on our future visits we can get this review up to a full score. Enjoy!
Written April 9, 2022
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pauline k
Richmond, UK62 contributions
Apr 2022
On 20th April 2022 (my husbands birthday) we went to see Stirling Castle. The whole experience from start to finish was 1st class. All the staff are friendly, helpful and so knowledgeable. Ryan a young man took us on our tour. His enthusiasm and his vast knowledge of the history of the castle was simply amazing. He brought everything alive with his vivid descriptions of battles etc. We spent 3 and half hours there as there is so much to see. One thing, if you book online you save £1.50 each because if you pay when you get there you don't get that discount. I think they need to re-look at why they are doing that. Many people are of an age where booking on line is not something they are comfortable with. The staff are there so let everyone buy there tickets when they arrive without being charged extra. This was a fantastic experience. thank you Stirling Castle Staff!!
Written April 24, 2022
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Robert M
Stoke-on-Trent, UK117 contributions
Dec 2021
Spending the lead up to Christmas in Scotland with my close family my daughter pre-booked tickets to the castle. It was a superb day out and we spent several hours there, could have found more to do with extra time! The staff were very welcoming and helpful. We paid for parking on the esplanade but were allowed to leave our vehicle there while we explored Stirling and went for dinner, following our visit. Covid restrictions being followed but the staff did there best to make the experience as normal as possible. The Queen's and King's apartments have been restored with modern techniques and are super. The actors were great and welcoming, our granddaughter enjoyed the unicorn horn activity. The exhibition and museum covering the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders is excellent and we felt moved when viewing the several Victoria Crosses on display. The tapestry loom is fascinating along with the explanation of the replacement tapestries used in the refurbishment.. The great hall is lovely and had a large Christmas tree. The chapel is plain but peaceful. My favourite was the medieval kitchens; brilliant manikins, models of the food and activities and flickering 'candle' light. A little spooky,, gloomy but very atmospheric. We had drinks and snacks in the cafeteria where the supervisor was becoming a little over excited about enforcing Covid rules; it simply required a member of staff allocated outside to regulate visitors into the counter area; everyone was seated together anyway in the adjoining vaults. We could have walked all the walls, all the grounds and spent another hour reading the museum displays covering the history of the monarchies. My one suggestion; perhaps a couple of the royal rooms could have been decorated in an historical Christmas fashion. Overall,this was a great visit and I thoroughly recommend it.
Written December 29, 2021
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Choppington, UK600 contributions
Sep 2021
We visited with a disabled friend so we pre-booked tickets and parking. The parking cost £4 but on arrival we were told that Blue Badge parking was free and that we should apply for a refund. Why isn't this make clear on the booking site?

We all enjoyed our visit but the only negative was the wheel chair/ disabled person lift in the museum was not in use due to Covid restrictions, this needs reviewing.
Written October 7, 2021
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Stoke-on-Trent, UK42 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We visited on 26th May 2021. There is a big car park at the entrance which you have to book a space in advance online. Tremendous views from the cafe. Every single member of staff went above and beyond, particularly this one woman who was wearing green checkered trousers who was very knowledgeable when answering questions! They are offering a limited menu in the cafe at this time, so we would recommend bringing your own food and drink. Felt very safe in this castle and grounds as covid regulations are strictly adhered to
Written May 28, 2021
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Jo b
13 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We went to the castle today and paid £26 with parking plus £5 for a guide book. The book was a complete waste of time. It tells you in great detail about all the parts of the building that you can't visit at the moment! I approached the entrance to the Queens rooms to be met by a very pleasant lady who told me it was closed but asked me if I had a QR reader on my phone. I was puzzled by this but said yes. She then invited me to hold my phone over a QR icon and said I would be directed to a you tube video of the interior of the building!
I honestly thought this was a windup but she was serious.
I did not pay £26 to watch a video, i may as well have stayed at home. There is nothing of any real note worth seeing, just two large rooms that are empty and by all accounts are reproductions of the originals. I am aware that the castle must provide a lot of local employment but really, at the moment it is a rip off and if the management had any shame it should either reduce the price to reflect how little there is to see or just close until further notice.
Written September 16, 2020
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Hi Jo, Thank you for writing a review and your nice comments about our member of staff. We are disappointed to hear that your visit did not live up to your expectations. We have been working incredibly hard to ensure that we can re-open safely, but as a result of Scottish Government guidelines we are unable to reopen all areas of the castle just yet. We have reduced the admission price accordingly. We appreciate that not all parts mentioned in the guide books are open at present, but believe that visitors to the castle are interested in the more than 900 year of castle history as well as the function and history of the different buildings at the castle, all of which are covered in our guide book. The scannable interpretation was introduced temporarily as an add on digital experience to enhance your visit until we can safely reopen all parts of the castle again. As a part of Historic Environment Scotland, our job is to protect, present and promote Scotland's built heritage and we feel the reduced admission reflects the offer and helps us to continue our important work and look after the conservation and preservation of over 300 sites across Scotland. Thank you again for your feedback.
Written September 17, 2020
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Claire W
Darlington, UK329 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We were staying overnight in Stirling so planned a visit to the castle. Tickets were £14.00 per adult and we found this to be great value for money as we were there for a few hours. The views from the castle are amazing so it’s easy to spend time just gazing at the view. We visited early afternoon and didn’t find the castle to be crowded, a lot of the time it felt like we had the place to ourselves. Staff were on hand throughout and were incredibly knowledgable about the history of the castle. There was also a wide range of exhibits in the Argyll and Southern Highlanders museum which is worth a visit. All in all we had a lovely time and would certainly visit again should we return to Stirling.
Written September 9, 2021
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