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.
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
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum
The Tapestry Studio
The Castle Exhibition
The Unicorn Café (nearest toilets at main entrance to the castle). View our menu
Courtyard Gift Shop
Tour the castle with our audio guide using your own mobile phone with internet access. Buy your audio guide when you purchase your tickets, free for Historic Scotland members. We'll show you how to load it to your phone in an email before you arrive
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 recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.
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.