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Get a glimpse into the lives of Scotland's historical monarchs at this immaculately preserved hilltop fort and royal residence.

Overlooking the town from an extinct volcanic crag, the imposing Stirling Castle was the seat of Scottish kings and rulers for many centuries. The landmark, dominating every view of the area, is equally impressive inside, with brightly colored rooms perfectly preserved to give visitors an insight into the lives of Scotland's past monarchs. Learn about their births, marriages and deaths through interactive exhibits and informative displays.

Let costumed characters teach you about the history of the castle as you explore; docents dressed as maids and officials recount stories of castle life. Most of what visitors see today was built in the 16th century and was heavily influenced by Renaissance ideas.

Wander around every building on the site, starting with the distinctive Great Hall, where off-white exterior walls stand out amid the gray stone of the fortifications and palace. When constructed, it was the largest hall of its kind in Scotland. Imagine feasting with nobles and knights in the candle-lit banqueting room.

As you pass through the palace, look upward to see replicas of the Stirling Heads, the oak medallions adorning the ceiling. These wooden reliefs, which depict mythical heroes and Scottish royals, are replicas dating from 2011. See the original carvings upstairs. The palace also features an ornate bedchamber and visiting rooms with huge, detailed tapestries hanging on the walls.

See where princes were baptized in the Royal Chapel and stroll through the kitchens. Descend to the dungeons and walk around the fortifications for views of the Wallace Monument on the neighboring hill. Read about the exploits of Scotland's warriors in the Regimental Museum, which is housed in the King's Old Building.

Stirling Castle is a 20-minute uphill walk from the town’s main train station. Find on-site parking for those driving, as well as a gift shop, café and picnic area. Guided tours of the castle are included in the ticket price and take place every hour from midmorning. Alternatively, pick up an audio tour from the castle entrance to explore on your own. These helpful guides are available in multiple languages.

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Hotel Colessio
Hotel Colessio
4 out of 5
33 Spittal Street, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 1DX
The price is £81 per night from 29 May to 30 May
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4.1/5 Very Good! (492 reviews)
Comfortable and cosy stay
"Overall a good stay. Spacious and clean room with a big bathroom. It is a bit dated, but nothing broken or malfunctional. Tap water was never cold, so bottled water would be a benefit. Room is quite dark, and closet is even darker. Would be good with more light and or brighter colours in general. ..."

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The Stirling Highland Hotel
The Stirling Highland Hotel
4 out of 5
29 Spittal Street, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 1DU
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £90 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Stirling. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
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Friars Wynd Hotel
Friars Wynd Hotel
3.5 out of 5
17 Friars Street, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 1LE
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £93 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Stirling. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (108 reviews)
"Great breakfast and staff. Just on the fringe area, though. Not an area i would want to stay at alone. Parking is a real issue...facility should work out a parking arrangement for their guests or help them.be better prepared to be avle to pay behind the facility. Parking inly accepts coins and the ..."

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2022

Friars Wynd Hotel
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Stirling Youth Hostel
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The price is £93 per night from 22 May to 23 May
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Allan Park
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20 Allan Park, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 2QG
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