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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 6pm
Last entry 5.15pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 9.30am to 5pm
Last entry 4.15pm

Facilities

 

Access

Security

We do not have the facilities to store a range of personal items (e.g. luggage, prams and pushchairs). In addition, due to the current heightened level of national security we will also currently NOT be accepting any rucksacks over 30L or suitcases into the site. Left property will be removed and destroyed if necessary.

We would like to make visitors to Stirling Castle aware that we are currently operating random bag searches at the Castle. Please note this may result in longer waiting times for entry, and we would like to thank visitors in advance for their patience and understanding.

It is important to note that this measure does not relate to any specific threat, but is rather part of our ongoing approach to the management and provision of a safe and secure site for our visitors and staff.

We would encourage visitors to Stirling Castle to remain vigilant and inform us of anything they see or feel is suspicious.

Parking

Please note parking on Stirling Castle esplanade is currently restricted and often reaches capacity, please allow plenty of time to park, and use alternative parking and public transport options wherever possible. See Stirling City Parking Guide for alternate nearby parking and map.

The esplanade has a large tarmac parking area. There are five accessible spaces about 65m from the castle entrance and are offered on a first come, first served basis. 

We are unable to accommodate cars with trailers, caravans or mobile homes.

Whilst both Stirling Bus and Train Stations are within walking distance of the castle, it is situated up a steep hill.

Castleview Park and Ride operates Mon-Sat going to Broad Street, just a short walk from the castle. Situated just off junction of the M9 motorway, postcode FK9 4TW.

The Stirling Land Train leaves at regular intervals, running from the town centre to the castle esplanade.

For visitors wishing to visit other attractions around Stirling including our newest attraction The Engine Shed, there is parking in the adjacent public car park Forthside Way Car Park, postcode FK8 1QZ costing £2 for the day. 

Courtesy vehicle

A courtesy vehicle can take visitors with mobility difficulties from the esplanade to the castle. Call 01786 450 000 before your visit or ask any member of staff about the service when you arrive.

Approach to site

The route is cobbled and sloping with a maximum gradient of 1:15. The castle entrance is 180m from the furthest point of the car park.

Visitor centre

Admission tickets are purchased from the shop in the entrance courtyard. It has wide doors and is step-free. An induction loop is available.

The Castle

The main route through the castle is 160m long from the gate to the Inner Close. It is cobbled and sloping and has a maximum gradient of 1:9.

Wheelchairs can access the Royal Palace of James V from the Inner Close. There are ramps within the palace apartments and floors are smooth. A lift can take visitors to the Stirling Heads exhibition on the first floor.

The Great Hall can be accessed from the Inner Close. Floors are smooth.

The Vaults have step-free access from the Inner Close.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders' Regimental Museum has 26 stone steps leading up to it.

The Great Kitchens are accessed down a set of 7 even steps with a handrail to the left hand side.

The Tapestry exhibition is in the Nether Bailey, 200m from the Outer Close down a sloping cobbled track with a maximum gradient of 1:7.

Special features

The Palace Vaults has interactive and multi-sensory displays. The Vaults house the Access Gallery, specially designed to allow disabled visitors to experience areas within the castle that may be inaccessible.

An audio descriptive guide is available on request.

There is an exhibition about the castle within the Queen Anne Gardens. Access to this is on the level.

The castle has three shops. All have wide doors and step-free access.

Toilets

Adapted toilets can be found:

  • off the Guardroom Square
  • in the café
  • in the Great Hall

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended (in the castle or vehicles). Owners must pick up after dogs.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Stirling Castle.  

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For information on accessibility at more than 80 of our sites download our Access Guide

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