Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to the royal court at Stirling Castle to revel in its beauty and grandeur. Today visitors can do the same and come face to face with characters from the past in the recreated Renaissance Palace.
The Queen Anne Gardens are situated below the palace and afford spectacular views of the surrounding countryside including the former royal pleasure grounds known as the King‚ which have also been connected to the legend of King Arthur. The garden has two rose beds, one gold and one red with gold climbers at the back. There is a broad old fashioned herbaceous border which is at its best in July.
The garden also boasts a heather and herb garden with labels indicating the ancient uses of these. The main showpiece, however, is the twin beech tree which is over 200 years old.
The Douglas Gardens sit at the highest part of the castle rock.
Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry.
How to find us
Leave M9 at Junction 10 and follow local road signs
The castle is accessible by public transport and is a short walk from Stirling Train and bus stations where taxis are also available.
Gold GBTS, VS rating 5 Star
- Meet the people of the past in the royal palace
- Great Hall
- Chapel Royal
- Regimental Museum
- Medieval Kitchens
- Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season
- Herbaceous Borders & Plantings
- Rose Gardens
- Tree Collection/Champion Trees
Opening TimesMonday: 9:30am until 5pm, last entry 4pm Tuesday: 9:30am until 5pm, last entry 4pm Wednesday: 9:30am until 5pm, last entry 4pm Thursday: 9:30am until 5pm, last entry 4pm Friday: 9:30am until 5pm, last entry 4pm Saturday: 9:30am until 5pm, last entry 4pm Sunday: 9:30am until 5pm, last entry 4pm also:
Visit stirlingcastle.scot for the latest information
25 and 26 December
Admission pricesAdult: Check website
FacilitiesAccessible parking Accessible toilets Car park Picnic area Shop Toilets
Coach parking, mobility vehicle, visitor information, audio guide, bicycle rack.
Phone01786 450 000
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