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Stirling Castle

One of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture.

Stirling Castle

The volcanic crag that dominates Stirling was probably fortified from ancient times, but the importance of Stirling Castle as a royal residence peaked in the 16th century. Around 1500, James IV added new buildings including the vast Great Hall. The elegant Chapel Royal was commissioned by James VI in 1594. But the heart of Stirling Castle is the spectacular Palace, commissioned by James V in the 1530s. Its exuberant design drew on the fashions of the European Renaissance to proclaim James’ power and sophistication. Following a major programme of research, Historic Scotland has re-presented the Palace interiors as they might have looked when James V’s grand scheme was completed.

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  • The Royal Lodgings – admire the lavishly decorated Renaissance façades and recently recreated sumptuous interiors.
  • James IV’s Great Hall – the largest medieval banqueting hall ever built in Scotland.
  • James VI’s Chapel Royal – built in some haste for the baptism of James’ eldest son, Prince Henry (who died before inheriting the crown) and elaborately redecorated for Charles I’s coronation visit in 1633.
  • ‘Image-Makers for the King’ exhibition – explains how carving in wood and stone was cleverly used by James V to communicate powerful messages about his princely virtues and right to rule. At its heart are the original carved oak Stirling Heads.
  • The views from the battlements – Look out over the Vale of Mentieth, the southern Highlands and the Ochil Hills.
  • The regimental museum of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders – associated with the castle for almost a century.

Green Tourism Award - Gold


Region – Central and West
Postcode: FK8 1EJ

Opening arrangements

25 March - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 6.00pm (last entry 5.15pm)

1 October - 24 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.00pm (last entry 4.15pm)

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2 May 2016

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

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Kaleidoscope II

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Music Through the Ages

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