Built between 1370 and 1750 the Stirling Castle is a very impressive tourist attraction and it is one of the largest and most significant castles in Stirling, Scotland which is a historical landmark known for its architectural grandeur.
Situated on top of the Castle Hill it is surrounded by steep cliffs on three sides that gives it a strong defensive position. It was once the residence of the Stewart kings. The castle is a witness to many historical events of Scotland which include the assassination of the eighth Earl of Douglas by James II in 1452. Mary Queen of Scots spent her childhood in the castle till her coronation took place in the Chapel Royal in 1543. The castle was under the reign of Alexander I who died in 1124 followed by King David I. It was under the reign of Alexander III till 1286. A three storied Renaissance building having the castle has windows and niches adorned with some grotesque carved figures and marvelous Renaissance sculptures.
The castle has some amazing sculptures, beautiful gardens and grand celebrations would be held at christenings to coronations. A guided tour can take you back into the 16th century life, get you familiar with the costumed characters of famous people, court officials, bodyguards, maids of honour and servants. Some of the major attractions inside the castle includes – Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Castle Exhibition, Regimental Museum, Great Kitchens, Tapestry Studio and the nearby Argylls Lodging, a 17th century town house. There are three souvenir shops and a famous restaurant Unicorn Caf offering great foods and beverages. The castle hosts a number of events namely of which the Bid Draw which is the worlds biggest drawing festival is held here. Christmas comes alive here with a fun-filled afternoon with Swinging Santas, Barons comedy capers and Christmas puppet show.
If you travel around the world a lot and your travels bring you to Scotland, then visiting the Striling Castle would be a good way to familiarize yourself with a significant piece of Scottish history.