Access

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Parking

The esplanade has a large tarmac parking area. There are five accessible spaces about 65m from the castle entrance. Spaces are on a first come first served basis. Please note we do not have space in the car park to accommodate cars with trailers, caravans or mobile homes. 

There is a park and ride scheme (operates Mon-Sat).

Courtesy vehicle

A courtesy vehicle is available for visitors who have difficulty with steep inclines and steps. Call 01786 450 000 before you visit or ask any member of staff about the service when you arrive.

Approach to site 

The route is cobbled and sloping with a maximum gradient of 1:15. The castle entrance is 180m from the furthest point of the car park.

Visitor centre

Admission tickets are bought in the ticket office, where there are both upward and downward inclines on cobbles. It has wide doors and is step-free. An induction loop is available. 

The Castle 

The main route through the castle is 160m long from the gate to the Inner Close. It is cobbled and sloping and has a maximum gradient of 1:9.

Wheelchairs can access the Royal Palace of James V from the Inner Close. There are ramps within the palace apartments and floors are smooth. A lift can take visitors to the Stirling Heads exhibition on the first floor.

The Great Hall can be accessed from the Inner Close. Floors are smooth.

 

The Tapestry exhibition is in the Nether Bailey, 200m from the Outer Close down a sloping cobbled track with a maximum gradient of 1:7.

Areas unsuitable for wheelchair access

Stairs into the following, make these areas unsuitable for wheelchairs:

  • Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum 
  • The Great Kitchens
  • The Elphinstone Tower

Most of these are accessible for more mobile visitors and staff are happy to give advice.

Braille Guidebook

A braille guidebook is available and there are braille information boards around the castle.

Special features

The Palace Vaults has interactive and multi-sensory displays. The Vaults house the Access Gallery, specially designed to allow disabled visitors to experience areas within the castle that may be inaccessible.

An audio descriptive guide is available on request.

There is an exhibition about the castle within the Queen Anne Gardens. Access to this is on the level.

Toilets

Adapted toilets can be found:

  • off the Guardroom Square
  • in the Unicorn Café
  • in the Great Hall

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended. A no fouling rule applies at all our sites.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Stirling Castle.

Free for carers

Free admission for one-to-one carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. Carer admission ticket are not available online and must be collected on-site at the Ticket Office.

Access Guide

For information on accessibility at Stirling Castle and at more than 80 Historic Environment Scotland properties download our Access Guide.

 

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