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Linlithgow Palace

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Linlithgow Palace Admission Ticket
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Linlithgow Palace Admission Ticket
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The magnificent ruin of a great Royal Palace set in its own park and beside Linlithgow Loch. A favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens from James I (1406-37) onward. Building work commissioned by James I, III, IV, V and VI can be seen...more
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9 Kirkgate | Sulisker, Boghall, Linlithgow EH49 7AL, Scotland
+44 1506 842896
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 May 2016

Although many establishments make the claim "Mary Queen of Scots slept here", the famous queen really did sleep at Linlithgow Palace. She was born there, as was her father James V. However, after the first few months of her life, she left only to return...More

10  Thank Suzanne P
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 8 March 2012

Linlithgow palace was started during the reign of David I. However what can be seen today has its origins in the reign of James I of Scotland about 1425. Additions and repairs were made by subsequent Stewart Kings with Charles I being the last monarch...More

2  Thank Charlie H
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All reviews mary queen of scots nooks and crannies historic scotland next door worth the climb explorer pass central courtyard information boards ticket office dressed in period costume great place to visit walk around scottish history michael's church well worth the visit sunny day car park
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Came here as part of our school holiday activity. the view was fascinating. The castle although it was ruined, is still full of tales to tell. it was nice to see the birthplace of royals (king james v and mary queen of scots) the fountain...More

Thank ishib2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Without some comprehensive guide, castle ruins are often mostly remarkable monuments to medieval engineering and construction. Linlithgow Palace does not offer a recorded self-guided device, but the live tour guides really helped us to understand the rooms we were seeing and facilitated our understanding of...More

Thank normrod23
Reviewed 1 week ago

we enjoyed this castle. The view from afar and close are memorable. such a majestic and regal visit for us.

Thank 677ScottS
Reviewed 1 week ago

For most medieval royals, Linlithgow Palace was a waystation on their travels between Edinburgh and Stirling. Yet this palace has a significant history (e.g., birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots) and present day travelers will find it a delightful part of their itinerary. Some parts...More

1  Thank stlamc
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you’re interested in Scottish history, this is a must see. Great place to explore and the sights are breathtaking. The Palace would benefit from a walking guide or audio. Not all the spaces had signs to explain their use or connections. It’d be great...More

Thank Marcella B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time visitors to this piece of Scottish History and so glad that we did. Our daughter who is studying History at St Andrews University recommended this to us after she had been on a field trip just recently. Much larger than we expected and...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely atmospheric ruined palace. The information boards round the site give artists impressions of what each pat probably looked like and background information. The palace itself is ruined and open to the weather but restoration has been sensitive and limited to necessity. The staff were...More

Thank rainbowdolphin90
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife , daughter and I spent a few hours here today exploring the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots , within the grounds is the beautiful St Michaels church where she was baptised. It was a beautiful autumnal day to wonder around the grounds...More

Thank Robbienfamily
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In some ways it would be nice to see the palace fully restored and functional as a grand house/venue. However there was a surprising amount to see - not just a few empty walls. It reminded me greatly of some of the Chateaux of the...More

Thank scruff1e
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Linlithgow Palace was easy to find as it is very central to the town and well signposted. There is a car park right outside the palace or you can park elsewhere and walk up the short hill. We did find it quite difficult to get...More

Thank Linda M
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Alastair B
1 August 2018|
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Response from Nauldy1978 | Reviewed this property |
Cannot remember seeing any dogs within the palace area however the open grounds and the adjacent loch area I imagine would be a dog walking location
7 October 2017|
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Response from Connie E | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we toured the castle and than walked into town. We decided on a restored Post Office turned Pub and had a good lunch and a friendly bartender. Also it's a short walk to the train station.
4 October 2017|
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Response from Norm45 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You have an inside museum portion that explain the build up of the conflict...nicely reconstituted. And you have your guide that will explain you on the battlefield how it happened with lots of stories. Definitely worth... More