Special arrangements are currently in place at Stirling Castle, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.
While some areas may be closed, we will have additional interpretation available on-site so you don't miss out. This may include QR codes so make sure your mobile can read these when visiting.
Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures, including our toilet facilities, to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)
What will be open during your visit
Car Park – booking required (sorry no parking for trailers, caravans or mobile homes)
All external spaces with visitor access
Queen Anne Gardens
Royal Palace and Stirling Heads Gallery: Your visit will be led by a member of the castle team
The Tapestry Studio
The Castle Exhibition
The Unicorn Café (nearest toilets at main entrance to the castle). View our menu
Courtyard Gift Shop
What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit
Clan & Craft Shop
In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.
We offer free entry for carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. To book a free carer ticket, please email email@example.com and quote your order number.
You must book car parking online in advance when booking entry tickets.
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 the train station is within walking distance of the castle, it is situated up a steep hill.
The Castleview Park and Ride Service is running and can be used to get from Murray Place to the Old Town Jail, which is a 5 minute uphill walk from the castle entrance.
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.
Security and bag restrictions
For reasons of ease of movement, visitor safety and general security, suitcases and large rucksacks are not permitted in the castle.
We are unable to store luggage, prams, pushchairs or other personal items for visitors.
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 at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.
Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Stirling Castle.
Visiting the site
Please note: While a one-way system is in place at the castle, staff are eager to assist any visitors with specific requirements. Please contact the castle (tel 01786 450 000) or make staff aware if you have any concerns.