Facilities at the castle

Security

We do not have the facilities to store a range of personal items (e.g. luggage, prams and pushchairs). In addition, due to the current heightened level of national security, we reserve the right to refuse any suitcases or rucksacks over 30L into the site. Left property will be removed and destroyed if necessary.

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

Parking is available on the castle esplanade and includes a limited number of disabled spaces. Spaces are on a first come, first served basis and the car park often reaches capacity during the summer months. 

We do not have space to accommodate vehicles 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. 

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 £1.60 for the day. 

See Stirling City Parking Guide for alternate nearby parking and map.  

Tours and guides*

Complimentary guided tours of the castle and Argyll’s Lodging are included with your entry ticket.

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.

*Please note: Due to essential maintenance, Argyll’s Lodging is closed to visitors until further notice.

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.