Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace
Kirkgate, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AL
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Linlithgow Palace

Mary Queen of Scots’ favourite lodgings – and her birthplace – Linlithgow Palace existed as a royal manor from the 12th century, and was rebuilt with additional fortifications after a fire in 1424. It sits beside the Church of St Michael and overlooks both Linlithgow Loch and the rolling grassy hills of the Peel.

The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch. Most of the Stewart kings lived here and numerous renovations to the palace’s grand façades and chambers were carried out as each sought to create the ideal modern palace. The magnificent courtyard fountain has been carefully restored and is now on view to visitors. The loch is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the extensive wildfowl population.

• In Linlithgow off the M9 • Open all year • Last ticket sold 45 mins before closing • Admission: Adult £5.20 Child £2.60 Concessions £4.20 • VisitScotland grading ★★★★

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Events at this venue

There are 10 events at this location

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Go Bats!

Join us for a night time walk around the palace and Peel as we search for Linlithgow's nocturnal inhabitants. Bat detectors will be available to help us track down these elusive creatures, but don't forget to bring a torch!

Fri 24 Aug

£5 (£4; Children £3) / 0131 652 8150

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Go Bats!

Join us for an informative chat about bats before heading out on a night time walk around Holyrood to track down these fascinating nocturnal animals.

Sat 8 Sep

£5 (£4; Children £3) / 0131 652 8150

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Linlithgow Holiday Club - Adventure around the loch

A longer session than usual to give us time to walk right the way around the loch, stopping for plenty of fun activities on the way. Bring a drink and a snack. Aimed at children aged between 8 and 12, must be accompanied by an adult.

Tue 24 Jul

Free / 0131 652 8150

  • 10:00 – 13:00

Linlithgow Holiday Club - Bird bonanza

There's a whole host of birds to be found at Linlithgow Loch. Grab a pair of our binoculars and see who you can spot! Aimed at children aged between 8 and 12, must be accompanied by an adult.

Tue 7 Aug

Free / 0131 652 8150

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Linlithgow Holiday Club - Bushcraft-y

Do you have what it takes to survive a night in the woods? Thankfully we don't have to, but come along to this session if you'd like to learn how to build a den, light a fire and maybe even cook a snack on it. Meet at the Bonnytoun Road gate to the path around Linlithgow Loch. Aimed at children aged between 8 and 12, must…

Tue 31 Jul

Free / 0131 652 8150

  • 10:00 – 13:00

Linlithgow Holiday Club - Get lost!

Hopefully you won't! Take part in our orienteering challenge on the Peel, using a map to see if you can find all of our markers. This is a drop in session, arrive any time between 10am and 12.15pm. Aimed a children aged bewteen 8 and 12, must be accompanied by an adult.

Tue 14 Aug

Free / 0131 652 8150

  • 10:00 – 13:00

Party at the Palace

Music royalty performs against the backdrop of Linlithgow Palace over two days of live music at this family friendly fest. 2018's lineup will be headlined by James (Sat) and Texas (Sun) with Cast, Imelda May, Gabrielle, Melanie C's 90s Mixtape, Embrace, Peter Hook & The Light, Colonel Mustard & The Djon 5, The…

Sun 12 Aug

£11–£61.60 / 0131 664 3062

Party At The Palace

2 tickets for Saturday and Sunday

Sat 11 Aug


Pedal for Scotland Wee Jaunt Edinburgh

A 10 mile cycle from Linlithgow to the Royal Highland Centre with a medal at the finish.

Sun 9 Sep

£8 (Children £5; Family £15–£20) / 0333 300 3485

  • 07:30 – 12:00

Water safari

Discover Linlithgow Loch by Canadian canoe with the assistance of fully qualified instructors. Experience a different view of the Palace, loch and its wildlife from duck level. Suitable for beginners or those with some paddling experience. Families and groups of two or three can share a canoe.

Sun 12 Aug

£12 (£8; Children £6) / 0131 652 8150

  • 09:30 – 12:30
  • 13:30 – 16:30

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