Stirling Castle Closure

Following the latest Scottish Government announcement for mainland Scotland, the castle is closed.

Find out more on the Scottish Government website

Castle opening hours

Summer Opens Closes
1 Apr - 30 Sept    9.30am 6pm
Winter Opens Closes
1 Oct - 31 Mar        10am 4pm

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 

31 October to 31 March:
10am to 3pm (takeaway only between 10am and 11am)

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 Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 and 26 December) and New Year's Day (1 January).