Stirling’s history blends perfectly with a thriving modern soul. The city lights up at night, and many pubs, clubs and bars gear themselves towards students, with themed nights, DJs and drinks promos. Traditional pubs provide quieter alternatives, with open fires, real ale and folk music. Closer to campus, Bridge of Allan’s pubs are a vibrant mix of old and new, with beer gardens for long summer evenings.
The city is a major tourist destination, something reflected in the wide choice of cuisine at the numerous restaurants, bistros and cafés. There’s everything from pub grub to fine dining, with Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Mexican all well represented. And you can pop into nearby Bridge of Allan for delis, bakeries and a classic fish ’n’ chip shop.
Stirling's most popular arts venue is right here on campus - the macrobert arts centre offers a wide film programme in its luxury cinema, as well as international dance, drama, comedy and music on its main stage. Stirling Castle is also an established concert and arts venue, hosting acts such as Bob Dylan, REM and Jamiroquai. The Tolbooth building is another busy focus for performing arts and other events, in the city centre.