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  • Address: Grange Knowe
  • Hours: Open daily. Summer: 9:30am - 5:30pm, Winter: 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Admission: Adults: £5.20, Children: £3.10

Linlithgow Palace is the classic romantic ruin, steeped in royal history and set beside a picturesque loch. It was begun in 1424 on the site of another palace that burnt down. Its halcyon period was during the reign of the Stuarts, who used it as a pleasure palace; it was particularly popular amongst the queens. Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I lived there as babies.

The palace is roofless now (it was gutted by a fire in the eighteenth century), but plenty of the old grandeur remains. There's an impressive great hall and a magnificent three-tiered fountain in the courtyard - visit on Sundays in July and August to see it playing. It only flows with water occasionally to preserve the exquisite carvings of mermaids and musicians from erosion.

Practical Info

The fountain isn't the only example of wondrous carvings. There are statues all around the palace, including angel musicians in the chapel. The palace is surrounded by luxuriant parkland. Trains run regularly from Edinburgh to Linlithgow.

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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

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Enjoy free entry to 78 of Scotland's top attractions with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass – a flexible sightseeing pass that allows you to visit the sites ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 day and 7 day passes available

From USD $46.99

Linlithgow Palace Admission Ticket

Make use of an entrance ticket to Linlithgow Palace near Edinburgh and discover one of Scotland’s finest royal palaces at your own pace. Set atop a mound ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

From USD $8.62

'Outlander' Filming Locations Tour from Linlithgow

Join our fan guide for a tour based on, and immersed, in the 'Outlander' books by Diana Gabaldon. Although the books are set in the Highlands, the filming of ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $155.08

Linlithgow Walking Tour

Whether you are looking for a day trip outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow or are interested in Mary Queen of Scots or Jamie Fraser, our Linlithgow guided tour ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.66

Taste of 'Outlander' Dinner Show in Linlithgow

The Taste of ' Outlander' experience combines traditional Scottish food, music, song and dance, all celebrating the Jacobite period and the world of Jamie and ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $86.16

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