Stirling Castle

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Shop & eat

Browse our gift shops and then relax in our café.

Unicorn Café

Our Unicorn Café's name comes from the many statues and other representations of unicorns that can be seen around the castle. There are spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and the Wallace Monument from the café’s rooftop patio.

It's officially great for families! It has achieved the Kids In Museums Family Cafe Standard, developed with Benugo. This rates museum cafés on their facilities, website, choice, sustainability, cost & more.

Dates Opening times
1 April to 30 September 9.30am to 5.30pm, takeaway only from 5pm
1 October to 31 March 9.30am to 4.30pm, takeaway only from 4pm

View our sample menu (subject to change) [PDF. 70.2KB]

Find out more about the local products we use [PDF, 145KB]

Our ice cream van is open and located on the castle esplanade.

The Palace Shop

Perfect for luxury gifts and exclusive merchandise. These include goods inspired by the interiors of the castle’s sumptuous Renaissance royal palace.

Among them is the tapestry range, based on the splendid Hunt of the Unicorn series which decorates the walls of the queen’s audience chamber.

There is also jewellery based on by pieces worn by James V and his queen, Mary of Guise, and a children's range inspired by the lovable Stirling Mice.

Visit our online shop for more inspiration.

Become a member, and one of the many benefits include 20% discount in Historic Scotland shops at our attractions and our online shop.

The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum Shop

Find our Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum Shop in King’s Old Building at Stirling Castle.

Opening times

Book tickets online in advance for the best price and guaranteed entry.

1 Apr to 30 Sept
9.30am to 6pm (last entry 5pm)

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
9.30am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

The words 'Stirling Castle' beside the Stirling Castle logo which features a unicorn inside a crest outline with a castle at the top


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