5 things you absolutely must do in the City of Stirling

City of Stirling - Wallace Monument

While Stirling might be Scotland’s newest city, it’s actually been around for a couple thousand years – and we’ve already earned our place in the history books. But the truth is, it’s not all about William Wallace and Stirling Castle. There’s a lot more to our vibrant little city than meets the eye.

To help you scratch the surface, here are a few of our students’ favourite spots that are a bit off the beaten track:

1. Enjoy live music

Live music in the city of Stirling, Scotland

Stirling is an indie music haven. We host loads of intimate and unplugged gigs here on campus, but you’ll also find plenty of quirky music venues dotted throughout the city. Stirling Castle and The Albert Halls regularly bring in huge names in global rock, while hidden gem The Tolbooth provides the best of Scotland’s folk, jazz and indie music scenes.

2. Walk with history

University of Stirling students explore Stirling Castle

Stirling is a medieval city bathing with intrigue. Our historic Old Town has played host to the likes of Robert Burns and John Knox, and still bears scars from its role in military campaigns that changed the course of Britain. You’ll even find the tomb of one of Scotland’s most controversial kings just a stone’s throw away from campus, at the idyllic ruins of Cambuskenneth Abbey.

3. Shop ‘til you drop

Stirling students shop in the Thistles Centre

Nearby Glasgow might be famous for its Style Mile, but Stirling has everything you could hope for in a premier shopping destination. The city’s historic Victorian arcade, bustling high street and contemporary indoor shopping centre boast all the biggest brands and quirkiest pop-up shops imaginable.

 4. Taste craft beers


If you’re an ale aficionado, check out the Allanwater Brewhouse. It plays home to the award-winning TinPot microbrewery, and is just a few minutes’ walk from campus. Craft beer revolutionaries BrewDog also recently set up shop in Stirling’s city centre.

5. Get involved

Dumyat Hill Race starting line at the University of Stirling

Stirling isn’t all about nightlife. The University is part of a tight-knit community that’s brimming with potential. The city is dotted with both amateur and professional musical and theatre groups, art collectives, sports teams and entrepreneurial hubs. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re into – Stirling will most definitely have something to offer you.

But that’s just a taster. If you’re keen on learning more about the City, the best way to do it is to come for a visit!

Open Day events not only give you the chance to check out our gorgeous campus and learn more about life as a student, but also earn a great excuse to explore the City of Stirling.

Open Days are open to everybody – but you’ve got to register your place in advance.

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