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Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Learn about archeology, recent history and contemporary art from the region at this museum whose focus is the Stirling Story.

The Smith Art Gallery and Museum is an institution showcasing the region’s artistic and historical treasures. Since its foundation in 1874, it has been at the forefront of contemporary works and attractions in the county of Stirlingshire. Peruse the 2-acre (0.8-hectare) site for its range of permanent and temporary exhibits, its tranquil café area and fun games in the biodiversity garden.

Admire the elegant Romanesque charm of the building’s façade, with its columns and large pediment. Note the symmetry of the design, flanked by identical red lampposts. The main exhibit inside the museum is the Stirling Story, which uses archeology and art to illuminate the last 1,000 years of the town’s past.

Inspect the metal items from the 1700s in the collection of British Pewter. These include plates, cutlery and toys. Go to the Local History section to find out about the growth of the town that links the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland.

The World Cultures display shows how locals have been involved in trade and war across the globe. Discover the Photographs, Stirling Stories and Stirling Heads sections for a greater context. Peruse the various temporary exhibits showcasing local artistic talent. The museum also has a lecture hall and a conference room.

Bring a packed lunch for a picnic in Ailie’s Garden, a biodiversity attraction where kids can play games. Find the storytelling circle, the chess and checkers boards and the mini labyrinth. Meander through the woodland patch and the willow tunnel.

Enjoy coffee and snacks at Smith Coffee Shop and Café, which is in the former library of Gallery 1. Purchase souvenirs from the fascinating items in the gift shop to remember your Stirling vacation.

Enter the museum for free. It is open from morning until late afternoon from Tuesday through Saturday. On Sunday, it is open for only the afternoon.

The Smith Art Gallery and Museum is northwest of central Stirling. Walk for 5 minutes from the busy commercial zone in the city center to reach the gallery. Leave your car in the free parking lot.


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The Stirling Highland Hotel ¥9,507
The Stirling Highland Hotel

The Stirling Highland Hotel

29 Spittal Street, Stirling, Scotland
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Stirling, this spa hotel is steps from Old Town Jail and Tolbooth. Smith Art Gallery and Museum and Stirling Castle are also within 10 minutes. Stirling Station is 13 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Colessio ¥9,261
    Hotel Colessio

    Hotel Colessio

    33 Spittal Street, Stirling, Scotland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Stirling, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Town Jail and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 mi (5 km). Stirling Station is 12 minutes by foot.

      Victoria Square ¥14,764
      Victoria Square

      Victoria Square

      12 Victoria Square, Stirling, Scotland
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Stirling, this luxury guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Art Gallery and Museum and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 mi (5 km). Stirling Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Golden Lion Hotel ¥8,835
        Golden Lion Hotel

        Golden Lion Hotel

        8-10 King St , Stirling, Scotland
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Stirling, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Art Gallery and Museum and Stirling Castle. University of Stirling and Dunblane Cathedral are also within 9 mi (15 km). Stirling Station is only a 4-minute walk.

          Royal Gardens Apartments ¥21,321
          Royal Gardens Apartments

          Royal Gardens Apartments

          1 Royal Gardens, Stirling, Scotland
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Art Gallery and Museum and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 mi (5 km). Stirling Station is 19 minutes by foot.

            Highland Gate by Marston's Inns ¥8,948
            Highland Gate by Marston's Inns

            Highland Gate by Marston's Inns

            Drip Road, Stirling, Scotland
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Stirling, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Stirling Bridge and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 mi (5 km). Stirling Station is 24 minutes by foot.

              Holiday Inn Express Stirling ¥8,415
              Holiday Inn Express Stirling

              Holiday Inn Express Stirling

              Springkerse Business Park, Stirling, Scotland
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Stirling, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.9 km) from The Engine Shed and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Stirling Castle. Tolbooth and Old Town Jail are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Lost Guest House - Stirling ¥6,711
                Lost Guest House - Stirling

                Lost Guest House - Stirling

                4 Melville Terrace, Stirling, Scotland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Stirling, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tolbooth and Stirling Castle. National Wallace Monument and University of Stirling are also within 3 mi (5 km). Stirling Station is 12 minutes by foot.