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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 4.45pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.15pm

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Overview

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.

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.

Download the Linlithgow Peel Map and Guide [PDF, 757KB]

Our Ranger Service helps to protect Linlithgow Peel and also runs guided walks, group tours and other events for visitors. Find out about the Ranger Service.

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
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the palace (also in French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Scots and Spanish). Available on site
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