Holidays in Stirling Castle

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Stirling Castle showing heritage elements and a 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.

276 Cheap Hotels Near Stirling Castle

Highland Gate, Stirling by Marston's Inns
Highland Gate, Stirling by Marston's Inns
4 out of 5
The price is AU$91 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Situated in Stirling, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Stirling Bridge and Stirling Castle. Argyll's Lodging and Smith Art Gallery and Museum are also within ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (216 reviews)
"The room was spacious and very comfortable. Staff was incredibly efficient and very friendly. Thank you so much for such a wonderful stay!"

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2021

Highland Gate, Stirling by Marston's Inns
The Stirling Highland Hotel
The Stirling Highland Hotel
4 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$115 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (963 reviews)
"The rooms are clean and warm. They are spacious enough too to fully open two luggages, which isn't always the case here. The location is a bit of an upward hike from the train station, particularly near the top and the access doors are tight at street level, but there is good value here for the ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2022

The Stirling Highland Hotel
Hotel Colessio
Hotel Colessio
4 out of 5
33 Spittal Street, Stirling, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$123 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Situated in Stirling, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Town Jail and Stirling Castle. Tolbooth and Church of the Holy Rude are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (473 reviews)
Lovely stay
"We had a lovely stay. Really comfortable. The room was maybe a little too hot."

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2021

Hotel Colessio
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Top Stirling Castle Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Highland Gate, Stirling by Marston's Inns
Highland Gate, Stirling by Marston's Inns
4 out of 5
The price is AU$91 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Highland Gate, Stirling by Marston's Inns
The Stirling Highland Hotel
The Stirling Highland Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is AU$115 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
The Stirling Highland Hotel
Hotel Colessio
Hotel Colessio
4 out of 5
33 Spittal Street, Stirling, Scotland
The price is AU$123 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Hotel Colessio
3 Allan Park · The Stirling Townhouse
3 Allan Park · The Stirling Townhouse
3 Allan Park, Stirling, SCT
The price is AU$277 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
3 Allan Park · The Stirling Townhouse
Lost Guest House Stirling
Lost Guest House Stirling
3 out of 5
4 Melville Terrace, Stirling, Scotland
The price is AU$97 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Lost Guest House Stirling
Castlecroft
Castlecroft
4 out of 5
Ballengeich Road, Stirling, Scotland
The price is AU$177 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Castlecroft
Stirling Luxury Apartments
Stirling Luxury Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Stirling Luxury Apartments
Glendevon Apartment
Glendevon Apartment
92 Glendevon Road, Stirling, Scotland
Glendevon Apartment
Friars Wynd Hotel
Friars Wynd Hotel
3.5 out of 5
17 Friars Street, Stirling, Scotland
The price is AU$142 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Friars Wynd Hotel
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