Access

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Parking

Please note parking on Stirling Castle esplanade is currently restricted and often reaches capacity, please allow plenty of time to park, and use alternative parking and public transport options wherever possible. See Stirling City Parking Guide for alternate nearby parking and map.

The esplanade has a large tarmac parking area. There are five accessible spaces about 65m from the castle entrance and are offered on a first come, first served basis. 

We are unable to accommodate cars with trailers, caravans or mobile homes.

Whilst both Stirling Bus and Train Stations are within walking distance of the castle, it is situated up a steep hill.

Castleview Park and Ride operates Mon-Sat going to Broad Street, just a short walk from the castle. Situated just off junction of the M9 motorway, postcode FK9 4TW.

The Stirling Land Train leaves at regular intervals, running from the town centre to the castle esplanade.

For visitors wishing to visit other attractions around Stirling including our newest attraction The Engine Shed, there is parking in the adjacent public car park Forthside Way Car Park, postcode FK8 1QZ costing £1.60 for the day. 

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 purchased from the shop in the entrance courtyard. 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 Vaults have step-free access from the Inner Close.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders' Regimental Museum has 26 stone steps leading up to it.

The Great Kitchens are accessed down a set of 7 even steps with a handrail to the left hand side.

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.

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.

The castle has three shops. All have wide doors and step-free access.

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 (in the castle or vehicles). Owners must pick up after dogs.

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. 

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