Stirling Castle Closure

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement that 11 council areas across west and central Scotland will be moving to COVID-19 protection level 4, the castle will close from 4pm on Thursday 19 November.

Any visitors with pre-booked tickets from Friday 20 November until Friday 11 December will be automatically refunded. Please allow up to 30 days for the funds to show on your bank statement.

We hope to be able to reopen the castle in line with Scottish Government advice when it’s safe to do so. 

Castle opening hours

Stirling Castle is open daily from 9.30am. Last entry and closing times vary by season. 

Summer Closing Time Last entry
1 Aug - 30 Sept    6pm 5.15pm
Winter Closing Time Last entry
1 Oct - 31 Mar        5pm 4.15pm

Closing times for independent museums vary.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum is currently closed. More details about their heritage Lottery Funded project can be found on their website.

We recommend you allow at least 2 hours to see all the castle highlights and to get the most out of your visit. 

Following government guidelines you must book your tickets in advance to visit the castle:

Find out more about ticket options

Unicorn Café opening hours 

14-30 September:
Daily, 11am to 5pm

1-4 October: 
Daily, 11am to 4pm

5-26 October: 
Daily, 10am to 4pm

View our menu

What will be open during your visit

  • Car Park – booking required
  • All external spaces with visitor access
  • Queen Anne Gardens
  • Great Hall
  • Chapel Royal
  • Royal Palace and Stirling Heads Gallery: Your visit will be led by a member of the castle team
  • The Tapestry Studio
  • The Castle Exhibition
  • Audio guides (pre-booking only)
  • The Unicorn Café (toilets closed). View our menu
  • Palace Shop
  • Courtyard Gift Shop

Please note that the capacity in all internal spaces will be limited and staff will be present to advise on maximum numbers.

Some areas/facilities will remain closed for now, we have a phased approach to re-opening while we work to make them safe.

Christmas and New Year

The castle is closed on 25 and 26 December. On 1 January we are open from 11am to 5pm and normal hours from 2 January.