Accessing the castle 

Face coverings

In line with Scottish Government guidance, we strongly encourage visitors to continue to wear face coverings in interior spaces.

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.

Parking

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. 

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

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

Due to high demand for parking, you may wish to use city centre parking or the Castleview Park and Ride Service (get off at the Old Town Jail, a 5 minute walk from the castle entrance).

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. 

Security and bag restrictions

For reasons of ease of movement, visitor safety and general security, suitcases and large rucksacks are not permitted in the castle.

We are unable to store luggage, prams, pushchairs or other personal items for visitors.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs. 

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Stirling Castle. 

Visiting the site

 

  1. Staff at the entrance will control the flow of visitors, and can provide any additional assistance.

    The mobility car will not be operating at this time.

  2. There is an adapted toilet in the first courtyard.

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

  4. The Unicorn Café has ramped access and is level throughout. 

  5. The path around the Queen Anne Garden is level paving.

  6. The Royal Palace is accessible via the Lion's Den. A one-way system is in place.

  7. The Great Kitchens are accessible via several steps leading down to it. 

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

    The shop has a one-way system in place.

  9. The Chapel Royal has level access from the cobbled courtyard.

    The Great Hall has level access from the cobbled courtyard. An adapted toilet is available here.

  10. The Nether Bailey is a grassy area, 200m from the Outer Close along a cobbled track with a maximum downward gradient of 1:7.