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Stirling Castle, Stirling

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Stirling Castle was not only the home of Mary Queen of Scots, but also an important center of art and culture in the 16th century. Still dominating the region’s skyline, the castle remains one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture, with majestic halls, vaults, kitchens, and galleries. Climb the castle’s high stone walls to look over an area where medieval armies clashed and decided the fates of many European nations. Today, the site’s parade ground is often used for open-air concerts and other special events, with nearly 400,000 visitors dropping by the various attractions each year. Purchase your tickets online before stepping into the castle’s fascinating world of passion, political plots, and royal intrigue. Use our Stirling day trip tool to arrange your visit to Stirling Castle and other attractions in Stirling.
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  • Firstly, not a cheap site to visit but worth to understand the struggles of power for Scotland from the 13th century onwards. The displays are informative and easy 'bite size' chunks of detail. Allow....  more
    Firstly, not a cheap site to visit but worth to understand the struggles of power for Scotland from the 13th century onwards. The displays are informative and easy 'bite size' chunks of detail. Allow....  more »
  • visited for a 2nd time and it was fantastic- Great 1 hour tour, lead to fantastic 2.5+ hour self guided tour Varied History of both old and more modern Military. Highly recommended. 
    visited for a 2nd time and it was fantastic- Great 1 hour tour, lead to fantastic 2.5+ hour self guided tour Varied History of both old and more modern Military. Highly recommended.  more »
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  • Brilliant! I loved the live talent. Also, I really enjoyed the kitchen scene built with lifelike mannequins. It makes it easier to imagine how things were at the time. I do enjoy houses that have furniture as opposed to those with empty rooms. The sunset from the castle was spectacular. I recommend the Explorer pass. I went to at least 4 or 5 castles, which well and truly covered the initial cost.
  • One of the best castles I've been to. Perfect balance of old buildings that have stood the test of time, blended with re-creations spread through the castle rooms. The free guided tours are very popular too. As for the views, it's easy to see why the location of the castle was so important.

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