Stirling Castle Family Day Out: Stirling Castle, Castle Wynd, Stirling
Summer: 1 April - 30 SeptemberMon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 6.00 pmWinter: 1 October - 31 MarchMon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
01786 450 000
Stirling Castle is a marvellous place full of character and atmosphere and has been beautifully conserved so that you might have a taster of what life would have been like. The views are glorious - you can easily understand why the castle was built in such a spectacular place. Whilst the girls explored nooks and crannies around the beautiful rose garden Bob and I educated our-selves in royalty and Scottish borders history!
The staff are superb - chatty and funny instilling knowledge in low key informative manner - and they involve the kids in their dialogue. A guided tour is included in your ticket price.
The kitchens show what it would have been like to be slaving away preparing banquets (I surely would have been a lady). The banqueting hall is gorgeous, as is the chapel and both are beautifully conserved.
We ate in the Unicorn Cafe - both Bob and I had baguettes, Aggie home-made soup and Eve and Lottie shared sausage and mash as the helping was so generous. Cakes afterwards were worth saving a little space for! All reasonably priced I should add.
From June 2011, Stirling Castle will present the Palace, a £12 Million, 4 year restoration project which will reveal a fully restored interior of the Palace the way it would have looked when first completed in the reign of James V in 1540.
For the kids there's the vaults, a series of interactive displays following the lives of those who served the court; Jester, musician, tailor, painter, woodcarver, as well as interactive displays and a multimedia access room. They will also encounter costumed characters throughout the Palace from servants to the Queen herself.
Adults £13.00, Concession £10.00 and Children £6.50. Car parking £4.00 for four hours, but with so much to see and do you can easily spend all day. Audio guides included in the admission ticket, as are staff led guided tours.
Visitors toilets and baby changing facilities at the top of the inner close. Disabled toilet and baby change facilities are available in the Great Hall. Complimentary baby food, spoons and bowls, use of a microwave available for those with babies. Car parking, maximum four hours. Cars £2.00.
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