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Falkland Palace & Garden, Falkland

(4.5/5 based on 460+ 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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Reviews
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  • We visited on the first day of opening for the new season so it was quiet. This gave us the opportunity to walk round slowly and enjoy each of the rooms and the lovely chapel. Guides were on hand to a...  more »
  • Although we had heard of this palace, we had never visited it and took the opportunity of a three-day stay in St Andrews to remedy this deficit. The main impression left by our visit was of the staff,...  more »
  • Take a tip - visit early in the day before it gets busy as rooms are small. Country retreat of Stuart Kings & home of Mary Queen of Scots. Self guided tour with helpful & informative room stewards. Or...  more »
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  • Huge gardens. Has exhibit to honor the home of Royal Tennis. The palace and gardens were nice.
  • 0/10 no princess to save from the castle. tried to step on the mushrooms and got reprimanded by guards. they hated my green hat and italian accent and told me being a plumber is a waste of oxygen. only giving two stars because the boba tea was on par with the boba I've received in backstreet allies.
  • 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.
  • Lovely Palace with gardens. Could do with having its info sheets updated but is a good place to visit.
  • 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.