Special arrangements are currently in place at Stirling Castle, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic. These arrangements are detailed below, and will be regularly updated. Last updated: 23 July 2020.
Although things may be a little different, we hope that you will have an enjoyable visit and will be greeted with a warm and friendly smile by staff.
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 physical 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 now mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
What will be open during your visit
Car Park – booking required
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
What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit
Clan & Craft Shop
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.