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Stirling Castle

Get a glimpse into the lives of Scotland's historical monarchs at this immaculately preserved hilltop fort and royal residence.

Overlooking the town from an extinct volcanic crag, the imposing Stirling Castle was the seat of Scottish kings and rulers for many centuries. The landmark, dominating every view of the area, is equally impressive inside, with brightly colored rooms perfectly preserved to give visitors an insight into the lives of Scotland's past monarchs. Learn about their births, marriages and deaths through interactive exhibits and informative displays.

Let costumed characters teach you about the history of the castle as you explore; docents dressed as maids and officials recount stories of castle life. Most of what visitors see today was built in the 16th century and was heavily influenced by Renaissance ideas.

Wander around every building on the site, starting with the distinctive Great Hall, where off-white exterior walls stand out amid the gray stone of the fortifications and palace. When constructed, it was the largest hall of its kind in Scotland. Imagine feasting with nobles and knights in the candle-lit banqueting room.

As you pass through the palace, look upward to see replicas of the Stirling Heads, the oak medallions adorning the ceiling. These wooden reliefs, which depict mythical heroes and Scottish royals, are replicas dating from 2011. See the original carvings upstairs. The palace also features an ornate bedchamber and visiting rooms with huge, detailed tapestries hanging on the walls.

See where princes were baptized in the Royal Chapel and stroll through the kitchens. Descend to the dungeons and walk around the fortifications for views of the Wallace Monument on the neighboring hill. Read about the exploits of Scotland's warriors in the Regimental Museum, which is housed in the King's Old Building.

Stirling Castle is a 20-minute uphill walk from the town’s main train station. Find on-site parking for those driving, as well as a gift shop, café and picnic area. Guided tours of the castle are included in the ticket price and take place every hour from midmorning. Alternatively, pick up an audio tour from the castle entrance to explore on your own. These helpful guides are available in multiple languages.


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Hotel Colessio CA $75
Hotel Colessio

Hotel Colessio

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Stirling, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Town Jail and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 miles (5 km). Stirling Station is 12 minutes by foot.

    The Stirling Highland Hotel CA $86
    The Stirling Highland Hotel

    The Stirling Highland Hotel

       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Stirling, this spa hotel is steps away from Old Town Jail and Tolbooth. Smith Art Gallery and Museum and Stirling Castle are also within 10 minutes. Stirling Station is 13 minutes by foot.

      Castlecroft
      Castlecroft

      Castlecroft

         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Stirling, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of John Cowane's Hospital and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 miles (5 km). Stirling Station is 23 minutes by foot.

        Glendevon Apartment
        Glendevon Apartment

        Glendevon Apartment

           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Stirling, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Argyll's Lodging and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 miles (5 km). Stirling Station is 23 minutes by foot.

          William Wallace Apartment
          William Wallace Apartment

          William Wallace Apartment

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Stirling, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Old Stirling Bridge and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 miles (5 km). Stirling Station is 16 minutes by foot.

            The Mar Apartment.
            The Mar Apartment.

            The Mar Apartment.

               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Stirling, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Tolbooth and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 miles (5 km). Stirling Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              Mar Apartment Stirling CA $165
              Mar Apartment Stirling

              Mar Apartment Stirling

              41 Broad St, Stirling, SCT
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Stirling, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Tolbooth and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 miles (5 km). Stirling Station is 15 minutes by foot.

                Robert The Bruce Apartment
                Robert The Bruce Apartment

                Robert The Bruce Apartment

                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Stirling, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Old Stirling Bridge and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 miles (5 km). Stirling Station is 12 minutes by foot.