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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





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.


The esplanade has a large tarmac parking area. There are five accessible spaces about 65m from the castle entrance. Please note we do not have space in the car park to accommodate cars with trailers, caravans or mobile homes.

As the demand for visitor parking far outstrips the available spaces on the castle esplanade, the car park fills up quickly during April to September.

When the car park is full, in order to manage queue times and stop blockages on the driveway, vehicles will be turned away and visitors will be advised to use the city centre car parks, Castleview Park and Ride. Whilst both Stirling Bus and Train Stations are within walking distance of the castle, it is situated up a steep hill on which the castle was built.

Castleview Park and Ride operates Mon-Sat going to Broad Street, just a short walk from the castle. The Park and Ride is west of Stirling, just off junction 10 of the M9 motorway, postcode FK9 4TW.

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, FK8 1QZ costing £1.60 for the day. 

Courtesy vehicle

A courtesy vehicle is available for visitors who have difficulty with steep inclines and steps. Please call us when you are planning your visit to confirm the vehicles availability on +44 (0)1786 450 000.

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.

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.

Visitor centre

Admission tickets are bought in the ticket office, where there are both upward and downward inclines on cobbles. It has wide doors and is step-free. An induction loop is available.


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 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.


Adapted toilets can be found in:

  • Guardroom Square
  • the Unicorn Café
  • the Great Hall


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. A no fouling rule applies at all our sites.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Stirling Castle.  

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