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“Mary, Mary quite contrary, how did you manage to stay warm?”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace
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Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Linlithgow
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Owner description: The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch. Most of the Stewart kings lived here and numerous renovations to the palace's grand facades and chambers were carried out as each sought to create the ideal modern palace.
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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Mary, Mary quite contrary, how did you manage to stay warm?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

What a fabulous historic site! This would have been an amazing Palace in it's hey day, but even now it exudes Scottish history and atmosphere. The Palace itself is a well -preserved ruin, but there are paths, walks and routes all around up and down that make for a fascinating tour of the site. I was with my wife and some adult friends and we loved it, but I'm certain kids will be just as enthralled.
Our visit in early April was at a period of intense cold weather, hence the review title. It was freezing!
The Historic Scotland staff on site were great too. We were made to feel really welcome and were provided with additional historical and recent anecdotes about the Palace that made our visit unforgettable. We'll be back in the summer months to see the amazing fountain in full flow.

Visited April 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Serendipity not far from Edinburgh”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is indeed a treasured find just 20 minutes away from Edinburgh. The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots the palace was build in the 1400s and so of course is steeped in history. It was such an interesting visit. The castle has spectacular views of the lough, which on a warmer day would be lovely for walking around and a picnic. You need to be sure footed to climb the spiral stone stairs. At £5.00 effort entrance, it is very reasonable priced and there are the usual concession prices. Trains run for Edinburgh every 15 minutes, so it is very easy to get to as it is walking distance from the station.

Visited April 2013
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Tayport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Historic and proud to be Scottish”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

We visited as a family of 2 adults 1 child in April 2013 - entry was approx £14.

The Palace is steeped in Scots History....you could almost sense the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots. Amazing architecture from 6 centuries ago!!

Well worth a visit.....pity it was so cold with no double glazing in the Palace!

Visited April 2013
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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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“Well kept, maintained,historical place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

I like the whole place about location, loch ,monument quite interesting to know architecture is having a good knowledge , families were their , it's perfect place for families in summer

Visited April 2013
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Sarasota, FL
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“Labyrinth of hallways and passages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Just a short walk from the rail station. The former palace of Mary, Queen of Scots was a jewel to discover. No matter which way you enter from the central court, you begin a maze of stairways, halls, passages, from the depths to the towers. I hadn't been this thrilled going through a historical building, it was like being in an amusement park but you were on your feet. Chambers moved to other chambers along doorways that took you to other areas, revealing the public and private areas of a castle palace like none you may visit elsewhere. What a find.

Visited March 2013
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