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Stirling Castle, Stirling

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Stirling Castle was not only the home of Mary Queen of Scots, but also an important center of art and culture in the 16th century. Still dominating the region’s skyline, the castle remains one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture, with majestic halls, vaults, kitchens, and galleries. Climb the castle’s high stone walls to look over an area where medieval armies clashed and decided the fates of many European nations. Today, the site’s parade ground is often used for open-air concerts and other special events, with nearly 400,000 visitors dropping by the various attractions each year. Purchase your tickets online before stepping into the castle’s fascinating world of passion, political plots, and royal intrigue. Use our Stirling day trip tool to arrange your visit to Stirling Castle and other attractions in Stirling.
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  • Made a first visit to Stirling Castle & was more than worth the trip. Took a train from Edinburgh which takes around 40-45minutes to Stirling. Uphill all the way to the castle but worth the effort...  more »
  • Everything you could want from an ancient castle visit. Just lovely! The staff was everywhere and helpful even pointing us in the direction of our pub on our way out. You will not leave disappointed.....  more »
  • Absolutely fantastic! Staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. The castle grounds itself are extremely well maintained and clean. There is a lot more to do, see and learn. I much proceeded Stirling Castle to Edinburgh. It was the highlight of our month long stay in Scotland.
  • Great castle to go to. Not as many tourists as Edinburgh so you can appreciate the displays a bit more. One cafe with friendly staff and good food. Plenty of photo opportunities and a good way to learn about Scotland's king's and queens.
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