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Falkland Palace & Garden, Falkland

Categories: Gardens, Architectural Buildings, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
Visit the partly restored Falkland Palace & Garden and discover what life was like for the Stuart monarchs. Stroll through the tranquil grounds, relax in the orchard, play a game on the giant checkerboard, and find the 16th-century tennis court. Admire the palace's Renaissance architecture, which made it a favorite of Mary, Queen of Scots, reminding her of the châteaux where she lived as a child. Step inside and explore the keeper’s quarters, chapel royal, old library, and royal apartments, all filled with period furnishings and artworks. Talk to one of the expert guides to learn more about the palace’s history, including tales of imprisonment, escapes, and murder. The on-site shop sells souvenirs and plants. To visit Falkland Palace & Garden and other attractions in Falkland, use our Falkland trip itinerary builder.
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  • I came back to Falkland after leaving in 1972. Falkland Palace has not changed in the 40 odd years since I left. I did not go into the Palace because it could not have changed much since I last went r...  read more »
  • Do not miss this Palace and villiage setting. Well informed staff in the rooms of the Palace were very informative. Great gardens and gift shop. We actually needed more time. The villiage with its sho...  read more »
  • This beautiful palace had remarkable rooms set up as they would have been in 12th Century. In addition, the gardens and tennis area were beautiful. All of the employees working inside Falkland Palace ...  read more »
  • After reading so many great opinions about the castle I expect something spectacular. There were only few rooms in the castle to see and not so spectacular garden as I thought. The lady who sells the tickets was very unfriendly. The good point (one start more) is that there were guides and I could listen some stories about the castle.
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  • This is my absolute favourite palace or historic site in Scotland. The combination of currently inhabited palace, with ruins and a beautiful garden makes for a wonderful afternoon out. Set in the quaint quiet town of Falkland this is a striking building right in the heart of the town. The paintings of the children in the staircase are beautiful. Then you wander through the chapel and into the ruins. Make sure you walk through the Orchard and if you go in Autumn you can pick an apple.
  • Didn't get to go in as it was closed but the caslt looks amazing from the outside and the wee village of Falkland is very nice.
  • Gorgeous and very well restored palace in the heart of Fife. The "residential" area is incredible and although on the day we visited there were no guided tours all the staff was really nice and gave us lots of information about each room, the history of the place and Scottish history too. The walk in the gardens is a really good way to spend a sunny day... and make sure you do not miss the oldest tennis court in the world. It's quite interesting to learn how did people in the XVth century play tennis and how Mary Queen of Scots shocked courtiers by playing in a very amusing way...
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