Turn the castle into your classroom

Stirling Castle is full of inspiring opportunities to learn about lives and events of the past.

Just one example is the forensic handling box developed after the discovery of the skeleton of a knight from the Wars of Independence beneath the floor of a lost chapel.

We want educational and community groups of all kinds to be able to make the most of the castle as a place for creativity, health, wellbeing and learning.

We also have a schools activities programme.

Educational visits

The castle provides free educational visits for organised groups from September to April inclusive.

An entry fee is charged at other times.

Free entry can be available if:

  • the visit has a genuine educational purpose
  • planned educational activity takes place
  • the booking is made at least 10 days in advance
  • pupils/students are supervised by the group leader throughout the visit

The adult to child ratio is:

  • one supervisory adult per 10 pupils/students aged eight to 16
  • one supervisory adult per six children over five but under seven
  • one supervisory adult per two under fives
  • for special needs visitors it is suggested there is at least one supervisory adult per four visitors

Check these further details to see if you qualify or contact our Learning Team team.

Schools Activity Programme

Our wide-ranging Schools Activity Programme is there to help get students engaged and enthused.

Activities cross many areas such as technology, social subjects and expressive arts, and include cross-cutting themes such as education for citizenship.

The programme lets people learn in different ways, for example through artefact handling, storytelling, costumed presenters, time detective investigations and even workshops on medieval warfare or building technology.

All our activities support the four capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence and link the castle with topics being studied in schools from early years to S6.

A small charge is made for activities.

Full details of the programme are sent to all Scottish schools at the beginning of the academic year. They can also be downloaded from the Historic Scotland website.

To find out about help with transport costs see our Travel Subsidy page.

Community projects and study days

We enable local community learning and development where possible, and support groups with additional needs.

Some community groups work on projects with our learning development officers.

If you have an idea for a project, please call our learning development officer on 0131 652 8155.

Free entry to the castle may be available.

Writing workshops

Weekly creative writing workshops for adults are run from Stirling Castle for groups of up to six. The sessions also include visits to other Historic Scotland sites. 

Gaelic Junior Guides

Our Gaelic Junior Guides have produced a lively DVD for fluent Gaelic speakers and learners.

A costumed banquet scene performed takes you back to the 16th century to learn about the Great Hall and castle life.

The DVD is available free by phoning 0131 652 8155. 

Travel Subsidy Scheme

Schools can get support with travel costs through the Scottish Government’s Heritage Education Travel Subsidy. Visit our Travel Subsidy page for more information. 

CPD for teachers

We offer CPD events to help teachers make the most of historic sites as a support for classroom teaching. We also provide the chance to try out onsite resources and activities.

Some events train teachers how to lead a visit to a historic site through developing observation and evidence finding techniques, incorporating storytelling, and using costumes and artefacts.

There are also downloadable resources.  

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)131 652 8155
Email: Learning Team
Website: www.historicenvironment.scot/learn

You can also ask about our travel subsidy, free planning visit, hazard planning sheets and support materials for teachers and group leaders.