Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture, Stirling Castle commands the countryside for many miles around.
It towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in the summer of 1314.
- James IV’s Great Hall – the largest medieval banqueting hall ever built in Scotland.
- James V’s Palace – admire the lavishly decorated Renaissance façades.
- James VI’s Chapel Royal – built especially for Prince Henry’s baptism and elaborately redecorated for Charles I’s coronation visit in 1633.
- The Great Kitchens – dramatically bring to life how lavish banquets were created in James IV’s day.
- The views from the battlements – overlooking two great battlefields, Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn.
- The regimental museum of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders – associated with the castle for almost a century.
If you are taking the kids it’s worth bearing in mind that their is a lack of warmth around the castle and it’s best enjoyed in a sunnier day probably in Spring/Summer. That said it’s a great visit any time of the year with great views and entertainment for the kids. The views are stunning so take a camera.
There is a cafe on site but if you want to save money take a pack lunch as there are many places to sit down, relax and enjoy the view.
You have to pay for parking and there are generally lots of parking spaces available
(aged 16-59)Child £7.50
(aged 5-15. Children must be accompanied by an adult or concession visitor).Concession: £11.00
(aged 60 and over, unemployed)Child under 5 – FREE
Historic Scotland Members
Members of Historic Scotland get free entry & 20% discount in our shops. Become a Member.
It is worth joining historic Scotland. Entry is free to the castle for members and many other historic Scotland properties. One visit to Stirling Castle with a family could almost pay for a year’s membership of Historic Scotland.
We hope you have a great time if you decide to visit the castle – we certainly did!
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