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Discover the city of Stirling

We’re located in the vibrant city of Stirling, right in the heart of Scotland. Coming to our Postgraduate Open Day gives you the opportunity to spend a couple of days exploring this historic city and see why it could be your ideal home for postgraduate study.

Stay on campus

Stirling Court Hotel is located right here on campus! It offers a range of comfortable rooms along with a restaurant and bar, making it the perfect base for your stay.

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Getting around

We’re well served by the local bus service or if the weather’s good (we can’t make any guarantees!) then a great option is to hire a Nextbike.

Walk with history

Our city is bursting with tradition and history. Right next to the University is the National Wallace Monument commemorating William Wallace, the famous Scottish patriot and martyr. Climb the 246 steps to the top and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views across the city and surrounding countryside.

Built on a volcanic rock above the city, Stirling Castle will transport you to the 16th-century with all its splendour. Meet historical characters in the Royal Palace and learn about kings, queens and warriors of old who changed the course of Scotland’s history.

Want to experience how it felt to be right in the thick of a medieval battle? Then visit the Battle of Bannockburn Experience. You’re taken through a series of 3D films depicting the events during and surrounding the battle between Robert the Bruce and Edward II.

Stirling is home to Scotland’s first dedicated building conservation centre, the Engine Shed. Through interactive activities and exhibitions you can learn all about Scotland’s built heritage and how we can look after it.

Soak up some culture

Go to the Stirling Smith Museum and Gallery to see the world’s oldest football which was discovered in Stirling Castle behind some panelling! Along with all the other historical artefacts and exhibitions, you might also be lucky enough to meet Oswald Clingan-Smith, the Cat-in-Charge - yes it is an actual cat!

We’re very lucky to have the Macrobert Arts Centre on our campus. Catch one of the live performances from comedy, dance, family friendly, music, opera, art exhibitions and a year round cinema programme.

Spend an hour or two exploring the University’s Art Collection in the listed Pathfoot Building. Download the Art Collection app and access additional information through ibeacons located throughout the building.

For live music, Stirling Castle and The Albert Halls regularly host some of music’s biggest names, while hidden gem The Tolbooth provides the best of Scotland’s folk scene.

Adam and Eve by Richard Robbins

Shop ‘til you drop

Stirling has everything you could hope for in a premier shopping destination. The city’s bustling high street and Thistles Shopping Centre boast all the biggest brands. If you’re looking for something more quirky then head to the historic Victorian arcade or go in the town of Bridge of Allan which has specialist delis, boutique gift shops, and even a store dedicated to selling all things Wagyu.

Food and drink

Stirling offers you a wide variety of places to eat or drink. You’ll find cuisine from many nations along with traditional Scottish fare. From chic coffee houses to the more traditional real ale and whisky pubs, there's something for everyone.

 

Enjoy the outdoors

The beautiful Ochil Hills start at the edge of our campus. Dumyat is a wee hill at 418m but it offers great views of Stirling, the Forth Valley and The Trossachs. It can be climbed in a couple of hours, although the record for the annual Dumyat Hill Race stands at an incredible 32 minutes and 23 seconds!

A great way to explore our 330-acre campus is to follow the Japanese Sculpture Trail. It describes the work of two eminent contemporary sculptors Hironori Katagiri and Kate Thomson while taking you around the loch and woodland areas.

Are you a fan of the fantasy time-travel Outlander TV series and books? Well Stirling’s a great place to grab a selfie of places your favourite characters have been. Our very own Pathfoot Building was used for scenes when Roger and Brianna visited Inverness College! Also just outside Stirling is the stunning Doune Castle which doubled as the exterior of Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in Season 1.

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