Stirling Castle

Local nameStirling Castle
LocationStirling, UK

Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding what was, until the 1890s, the farthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, has made it an important fortification in the region from the earliest times.

Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defences fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century.

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Stirling Castle Entrance Ticket from 20 USD

Opening hours

Last ticket sold 45 minutes before closing time. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing day.

On 1 January open from 11 am to 5 pm.


Adult: £15
Child (5 - 15): £9
Concession (60+, unemployed): £12
Child under 5: free

The best price for entry to the castle is online.

More information and contact


Official Website




Phone +44 1786 450000

Address Castle Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ, United Kingdom

Coordinates 56°7'26.562" N -3°56'53.79" E

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