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Linlithgow Palace


2024 Update - Linlithgow Palace re-opened in June 2023 following a major restoration project of the stonework. Some areas of the palace are still out of bounds so admission price is reduced to reflect this. The admission prices shown here are the full price.

Linlithgow Palace, an important royal residence, is now a roofless ruin, but enough of it still stands for the visitor to be able to understand what life in such a vast palace must have been like.

Linlithgow Palace is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. As it turned out, the infant queen remained only seven months at Linlithgow before being taken by her mother to the greater security of Stirling Castle and then to France. It was another 20 years before she returned.

The Palace is built around a square central courtyard with an elaborate stone fountain. Despite being a ruin, visitors can walk through almost all of the rooms and corridors, of which there are many in this large building. There are boards explaining the function of most rooms. The great hall is impressive, as well as the basement kitchen. Great views from the top of the towers.

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Kirkgate, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AL

Operated by:

Historic Environment Scotland

Opening Hours:

1 April to 30 September, Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last tickets sold at 4.45pm
Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st, 2nd January


Adult £10, Child (5+ yrs) £6, Concessions £8, Family (2+2) £29






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