- Entrance ticket to Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top attractions
- Explore the historic castle and Queen Anne Gardens independently
- Browse the information displays and learn about the castle's archaeology
- Gaze in wonder at the extravagance of sites such as the Renaissance Royal Palace and James IV's Great Hall
- Visit the on-site Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum to see military memorabilia
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
This historically important castle is not to be missed! As you stand on the old battlements, looking out over the fields below, you can almost picture William Wallace fighting the English or the newly crowned Mary, Queen of Scots strolling through the castle grounds.
What You Can Expect
While believed to date as far back as the 12th century, Stirling Castle has played a part in many key events throughout Scotland’s rich past; it was attacked and besieged countless times during the Wars of Scottish Independence, and was the coronation site of numerous Scottish monarchs such as Mary, Queen of Scots.
Follow in the footsteps of royalty and the castle’s ornate public rooms such as James IV’s Hall, Scotland’s largest medieval banqueting hall, as well as the Renaissance Royal Palace. The majority of the castle’s buildings herald from the 15th and 16th centuries, and the Renaissance architecture is impressive to behold.
Explore the Great Kitchens, discovering life as a servant in days gone by from the displays, and then visit Stirling Heads Gallery to see original 16th Century carvings of Scottish royals that have been painstakingly restored to their former glory. Queen Anne Gardens are also noteworthy, with immaculately tended terraces that lend themselves to stunning views.
How long you spend inside Stirling Castle is up to you, but many visitors find 2-3 hours to be sufficient. Your ticket also allows entry to Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum, so be sure to check it out to learn about the military regiment. Exhibits include regimental uniform, bagpipes and drums.
If you want to take a break from sightseeing, rest up in the castle’s Unicorn Cafe with a hot drink or traditional Scottish meal. All food and drinks are at your own expense.
Wonderful tour of this historic landmark. Our guide was great. Views of the surrounding area were spectacular.
Beautiful castle a must see full of history that shaped Scotland to what it is today. Some say the heart and soul of Scotland, with many great battles that had been fought here.
It was a really interesting place to visit!
Very interesting history. Not as many artifacts as I had hoped.
The castle and guided tour where great only wish we had a little more time there.
interesting museums with property of highlanders. Very scaring prisons.
Not really worth buying in advance as you have to line up in the same line as everyone else to convert your prepaid ticket into a regular ticket. So I was kind of annoyed having to line up.