Linlithgow Palace

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Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Castles
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Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the palace. The gatehouse and grounds are open. 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. The great hall and chapel are particularly fine. James V (1512) and Mary Queen of Scots (1542) were both born here. Surfaces inside the Palace are mainly stone slabs and small cobbles in the courtyard. The ticket office, shop and courtyard are accessible to visitors with disabilities. More mobile visitors should be able to access the first floor which forms the main part of the property. Access is available to Linlithgow Loch and extensive peel (park).
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Louise B
2 contributions
May 2021
Visited with my young nephew, COVID restrictions were in place so the palace had a one way system, though you could break this apart when you hit the courtyard.

The palace has a super interesting history, with lots of little hidden areas. A large part of it is under ground level which is really atmospheric and kids will love! At the same time our favourite part was going up to the very top of the tallest tower - the views were incredible, but those with a fear of heights might want to avoid that!

There are plenty of signs throughout with information to read and images of what it would have looked like in its heyday.

The surrouding 'peel' area is really nice, with benches and plenty of grass to sit on near the loch. There is also a car park right outside, and the palace is right in the middle of the town, with a 5 minute walk to a well served train station. On your way out you'll pass 'the cross well', an old cobbled area.
There are plenty of cafes and pubs nearby, plus an excellent ice cream shop!
Written August 13, 2021
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Aga O.
Edinburgh, UK39 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Good if nice weather, not far away from Edinburgh, quiet area for walking , good ice cream and also you can stop for fish and chips

Recommended for a day out
Written June 30, 2021
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Elina
Edinburgh, UK73 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
A lovely day trip from Edinburgh! Took a train there, only 5mins walk from the station. staff is super lovely and helpful, the views from the castle are amazing. Tickets were £7,2 per adult so very affordable too. Definitely recommend!
Written May 28, 2021
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samboniface
Leeds, UK6 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We visited here as part of our staycation! This is a must when in or around Linlithgow. There is a 1 way system in place and prebooking is required due to covid19. The signage is really well set up and the history of this place is so interesting.
Written May 27, 2021
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Jill M
2 contributions
May 2021
The staff were very helpful & friendly. The one way system introduced because of Covid is very good. Without it I think we would have got lost. There a lot of stairs so good footwear is a must. Although it is a ruin there is lots to see. Would definitely recommend.
Written May 27, 2021
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TubaJohn
Liverpool, UK383 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
I visited for the first time recently with my daughter. What an amazing experience. Wonderful bit of history. Very well organised and Covid safe. Extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff. Quite a lot of steps but not too much for 72yr old with arthritic knees!
Plenty of parking at the palace or just nearby in the town. Really good value for money and well worth a visit.
Written May 25, 2021
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Helen T
Ormskirk, UK27 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Excellent guides able to explain history and architecture. No roof on most of building so dress appropriately.
Written May 23, 2021
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Viewlander
Crieff, UK1,139 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Fantastic attraction and so well set up in these strange times. Great staff - friendly and professional. I think the view from the highest point must be one of the most impressive in the whole property portfolio
Written November 10, 2020
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Joanna E
Durham, UK27 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Due to the COVID restrictions I could not fully enjoy my visit. Nevertheless the castle is well prepared to accommodate visitors. There are boards with historical information and room descriptions. Worth to visit. Beautiful views from the top. Would recommend.
Written November 2, 2020
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Darren M
Stonehouse, UK385 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
On arrival there is parking right outside the palace and if that is full there is parking just down from the palace.

To add to the history you go up a lovely old cobbled road with old houses. Once you pay to go in you head on into this historic stunner. We worked our way from bottom to the top.
What we really loved about this is the fact they have information boards with images showing how areas used to look. The guides were polite and told you abit of history about certain rooms. Going up to the very top you get stunning views of linlithgow and the loch, the fountain in the centre of the palace is worth the entrance fee alone.
Written October 18, 2020
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