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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Linlithgow Scotch Hop

Lively Scottish dancing evenings with live bands and instruction all in the unique setting of the Palace Courtyard. Tickets can be bought on the door.

Wed 12 Jul

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0131 331 1528

Party at the Palace

Music royalty performs against the backdrop of Linlithgow Palace over two days of live music at this family friendly fest. 2017's lineup includes Kaiser Chiefs, Amy MacDonald, Razorlight, Ash, Lightning Seeds, Noisettes, Hipsway, Dodgy and more.

Sat 12 Aug

Weekend £79 (child £38); day ticket £45 (child £5) / 0131 664 3062

Sun 13 Aug

Weekend £79 (child £38); day ticket £45 (child £5) / 0131 664 3062

Spectacular Jousting

The middle ages: a time when wealthy members of the upper classes were positively encouraged to spend hours each day attempting to seriously wound each other with wooden poles. See jousting for yourself in this remarkable re-enactment, along with other examples of living history.

Sat 1 Jul

Prices to be confirmed

Sun 2 Jul

Prices to be confirmed

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Scotland's finest food & drink attractions, by the Woman Who Ate Scotland

1 May 2009

It’s not just restaurants, pubs and shops where the country’s produce plays a central role – there are many attractions, visitor centres and other diversions too. Nell Nelson, the Woman Who Ate Scotland, offers this selected traveller’s guide.

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