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Linlithgow Palace

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.

Linlithgow Palace

About Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace Kirkgate, Linlithgow EH49 7AL
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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

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Spectacular Jousting

29th June 2024 - 30th June 2024

Hear the thunder of hooves and the clashing of lances at the annual jousting tournament at Linlithgow Palace on 29th and 30th June!

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Let’s Rock / Party At The Palace

10th August 2024 - 11th August 2024

Two established and much-loved Scottish festivals have joined forces to announce a powerful new partnership for live music in Scotland! It’s going to be lively!

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