Facilities at the castle

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.

We would like to make visitors to Stirling Castle aware that we are currently operating random bag searches at the Castle. Please note this may result in longer waiting times for entry, and we would like to thank visitors in advance for their patience and understanding.

It is important to note that this measure does not relate to any specific threat, but is rather part of our ongoing approach to the management and provision of a safe and secure site for our visitors and staff.

We would encourage visitors to Stirling Castle to remain vigilant and inform us of anything they see or feel is suspicious.

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.

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. 

Costs:

  • Car parking, maximum four hours. Cars £4.00. (Historic Scotland Members £2.00)
  • Coach parking, maximum four hours. Coaches £5.00

Visitors with limited mobility may be offered transport within the castle to the site's courtesy vehicle. For more information please contact +44 (0)1786 450 000.

Castleview Park and Ride operates Mon-Sat going to Broad Street, just a short walk from the castle. The Park and Ride is west of Stirling, just off junction 10 of the M9 motorway. FK9 4TW. 

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

For visitors wishing to visit the other attractions in and around Stirling including our newest attraction The Engine Shed, there is parking in the adjacent public car park Forthside Way Car Park, FK8 1QZ costing £2 for the day. 

Tours and guides

These take place throughout the day and are led by our experienced and well informed guides.

Audio guides, available in six languages, can be hired on the day.

Gift shops

There are three gift shops and each offer their own distinctive shopping experience

Eating and drinking

Meals, snacks and drinks are available from the Unicorn Café.

Toilets and baby changing

Toilets, which have disabled access and baby changing facilities, are available at the Guardroom Square and Great Hall. There are also toilets in the café.

You can see their location on our free orientation map, or just ask a member of staff for directions.