Linlithgow Palace - Historic Scotland

The Fore Entrance to Linlithgow Palace
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Pleasure palace of the royal Stewarts.

The majestic royal palace of the Stewarts at Linlithgow today lies roofless and ruined. Yet the visitor still feels a sense of awe on entering its gates. It was begun by James I in 1424, rising like a phoenix from the flames following a fire that devastated its predecessor. It became a truly elegant ‘pleasure palace’, and a welcome stopping-place for the royal family along the busy road linking Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

1 April - 30 September, daily, 0930-1730.
1 Oct - 31 Mar, daily, except Mon, 0930-16.30.
Last ticket sold 45 minutes before closing time.
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day (25 & 26 December) and 1st & 2nd January.

Admission charges

Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40
Admission prices are subject to change.


  • Historic Scotland

The collection is representative principally of the social history of the town with photographs and objects largely from the 19th and early 20th century. The displays tell of the industries and occupations of the town and the lives of the people and also recount the town's history as a Royal Burgh.
The Trust has also the collection of Christpher Dawson a 19th century local schoolmaster who amassed a large and wide ranging private collection

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Industry, Land Transport, Law and Order, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • The colours of the Scotch Brigade(94th Foot) raised in Linlithgow in 1793 are displayed
  • Also displayed are panels from an early 18th century painted ceiling

Linlithgow Palace - Historic Scotland
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01506 842896

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