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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In light of updated Scottish Government advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the decision to close public access to our staffed properties and offices until further notice. All planned public events will also be postponed until further notice – full details of these can be found on our Events page in the coming days: historicenvironment.scot/whats-on.

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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Upcoming Events at Linlithgow Palace

British Sign Language Tours at Linlithgow Palace - CANCELLED

British Sign Language Tours at Linlithgow Palace - CANCELLED

Selected dates between 10th October 2020

Explore Linlithgow Palace with Deaf historian John Hay, whose BSL tour will be translated into English by interpreter Linda Duncan.
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Party at the Palace

Party at the Palace

7th August 2021 - 8th August 2021

The award winning Party at The Palace will return in 2021, taking place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August.
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