Visitors can step back into the sumptuous world of Stirling Castle’s royal court. Our £12 million project has returned the six apartments in the castle’s Renaissance palace to how they may have looked in the mid-16th century.
Interiors of the royal palace

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20 January 2016

As one of the most important places in Scotland’s history, Stirling Castle has drawn countless visitors over the centuries...

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The Palace Project

At this time the palace was the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots, who lived there with her mother, Mary of Guise, widow of James V.

Interior of the royal palace

Years of research were carried out by archaeologists, historians and other scholars to ensure that every detail – from the magnificent four-poster beds to the heraldic decorations on the walls and ceilings – is as authentic as possible. Costumed performers in the role of nobles, guards, ladies in waiting, and Mary of Guise herself, will help bring the experience to life.

The palace was closed for more than two years while the refurbishment to take place. The result was a major new heritage attraction for Scotland and which would bring visitors from around the world to enjoy one of the nation’s greatest castles.