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Linlithgow Palace


2023 Update - Linlithgow Palace is closed at the time of writing (12 Jan 2023) to permit site inspections to take place.

The gatehouse and grounds are open: Tues - Sat, 10am to 4pm

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.

Save money on visiting this attraction by buying an Explorer Pass


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
1 October to 31 March, Monday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Last tickets sold at 3.15pm
Closed 25th, 26th December and 01st, 2nd January


Adult £7.20 Child (5+ yrs) £4.30 Concessions £5.40
Prices are currently lower than usual as some areas of Palace are closed.






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