About this Tour
Visit Stirling Castle with an entrance ticket and explore one of Scotland’s finest historic sites at leisure. The former royal residence is steeped in Scottish history, boasting a past as decadent as its appearance. Walk around and browse exhibits to learn of the battles that were fought around the castle, and see impressive memorabilia and Renaissance architecture. The ticket enables entry to all the public rooms, including the Renaissance Royal Palace, as well as the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum.
Head inside Scotland’s magnificent Stirling Castle with your entrance ticket and start exploring the historic fortress and palace at leisure. Towering on a volcanic hill above the ancient city of Stirling, the castle dominates the landscape around it, proving it to be just as imposing in appearance as its place in Scottish history.
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.