Today we have a guest post by travel writer Robin McKelvie, who recently took some young visitors for a trip to the castle...
1 April - 30 September
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 6.00pm
1 October - 31 March
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.00pm
Last ticket sold 45 mins before closing. Please note the Regimental Museum hours vary from the castle opening hours.
To check opening hours please telephone +44 (0)1786 450 000.
Christmas and New Year
We will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing day. We will be open from 11am to 5pm on January 1st and as normal from January 2nd
Regimental Museum opening hours - times vary
A park and ride service to Broad Street will operate from 1st April 2013, Monday-Saturday. The service is operated by Stirling Council and runs approximately every 15 minutes. More details and downloadable timetable.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our Visitor Services staff are also happy to assist with your queries during our regular opening hours.
How long should I allow for seeing the key highlights of the castle?
We recommend that you allow at least two hours for the must-see attractions in the castle and to get the most out of your visit.
What's the weather like in Scotland?
The weather can vary. As the castle has outdoor and indoor areas so we advise you to dress for both. Visit www.metoffice.gov.uk for up-to-date weather forecasts.
Do Members of Historic Scotland get free entry to Stirling Castle?
Yes, Historic Scotland members can visit the castle free of charge. They also receive a 20% discount in the shops.
I am a member of a third party organisation (e.g. English Heritage, Manx National Heritage, Cadw, etc). Do I get a discounted entry?
There are discounts available for some organisations. Discounted entry is not available online and tickets must be purchased on site upon production of a valid membership card. Please consult your membership handbook or contact your membership organisation for information on your member benefits. It is the responsibility of the organisation to relay the benefits of their membership. We are unable to refund admission costs that have been paid in error.
I am a serving member of the British Armed Forces, do I receive discounted admission?
Serving members of the British Armed Forces receive free admission to Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, and Fort George. Identification is required and applies to the cardholder only.
Military admission tickets are not available online and must be collected on site. We are unable to refund admission costs that have been paid in error.
Are pets allowed in the castle?
Pets are not allowed on-site but guide dogs and hearing dogs are.
Can I smoke during my visit?
Smoking in all public enclosed places is prohibited in Scotland.
Can I store my luggage with you while I visit the castle?
Bags and backpacks are allowed in the castle and must be kept with you at all times.
What facilities are there for non-English speaking visitors?
Audio guide tours are available in German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. Souvenir guide books are also available in these languages from the Stirling Castle shops.
If you lose anything during your visit to the castle, please contact a member of staff at the earliest opportunity. Visitors can contact the Stewards’ Office after their visit on telephone number 01786 450000.
We run free guided tours throughout the day. Make your way round the castle at your own pace with our audio tours, available in several languages.
More about our tours