Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace

About Linlithgow Palace

NA Kirkgate, Linlithgow EH49 7AL
01506842896
Linlithgow Palace Website

Explore the magnificent ruins of the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Linlithgow Palace was built and added to over two centuries by the Stewart kings, resulting in a superb Renaissance residence.

This impressive retreat was an ideal place for royals to break the journey between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. High towers look out over lush greenery and a loch brimming with wildfowl, which is today a Site of Special Scientific Interest cared for by our rangers.

Several monarchs were born in this royal ‘pleasure palace’, surrounded by its peaceful gardens and grounds. Our annual Spectacular Jousting event each summer harks back to the days of medieval tournaments on Linlithgow Peel.

What to see and do:

Step inside the ruins of Mary Queen of Scots’ birthplace

Gain unique insights into the domestic life of Scottish royalty

See the ornate fountain in action every Sunday in July and August

Admire elegant architecture such as the oriel windows of the king’s and queen’s bedchambers

Enjoy open views from Queen Margaret’s Bower over the peel and loch to the Forth bridges

Have a picnic by the loch and spot some local wildlife

Upcoming Events at Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Holiday Club - Adventure around the loch

Linlithgow Holiday Club - Adventure around the loch

24th July 2018
Get away from it and enjoy a longer adventure around the loch to discover what makes it special – plenty of fun along the way.
Linlithgow Holiday Club - Bushcraft-y

Linlithgow Holiday Club - Bushcraft-y

31st July 2018
Like to learn how to build a den, light a fire and maybe even cook a snack at Linlithgow Holiday Club - Bushcraft-y!
Linlithgow Holiday Club - Bird bonanza

Linlithgow Holiday Club - Bird bonanza

7th August 2018
Grab a pair of our binoculars and see what birds you can spot at Linlithgow Loch. Suitable for ages 8-12.
Water Safari

Water Safari

12th August 2018
Discover Linlithgow Loch by Canadian canoe with the assistance of fully qualified instructors.
Linlithgow Holiday Club - Don’t Get Lost!

Linlithgow Holiday Club - Don’t Get Lost!

14th August 2018
Take part in our orienteering challenge on the Peel, using a map to see if you can find all of our markers.
Go Bats!

Go Bats!

24th August 2018
Come along for a night time walk around the Palace and Peel as we search for Linlithgow's nocturnal inhabitants.
Go Bats!

Go Bats!

8th September 2018
Come along for a night time walk around the Palace and Peel as we search for Linlithgow's nocturnal inhabitants.

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