• The historic square at the Royal Burgh of Culross
    The historic square at the Royal Burgh of Culross© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The old buildings and cobbled streets of Culross
    The old buildings and cobbled streets of Culross© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The gardens of Culross Palace
    The gardens of Culross Palace© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Hens can be found wandering the palace gardens
    Hens can be found wandering the palace gardens© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The Royal Burgh of Culross and view across the Forth
    The Royal Burgh of Culross and view across the Forth© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Dumpy Hens in the palace garden
    Dumpy Hens in the palace garden© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Children can look out for the free roaming Culross Dumpy Hens
    Children can look out for the free roaming Culross Dumpy Hens © The National Trust for Scotland

The Royal Burgh of Culross is a unique survival, a town that time has passed by. It is the most complete example in Scotland today of a Burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Town House was built in 1626 and was the administrative centre of Culross with a tollbooth and witches' prison. The old buildings and cobbled streets create a fascinating time warp for visitors.

Close your eyes and you can almost hear the calls of medieval street vendors selling their wares and the clang of hammers on metal as the Hammermen of Culross fashioned the famous girdles.

Explore the beautiful refurbished Palace which dates from 1597 - imagine what it would have been like to live within the splendid interiors, featuring painted woodwork, and 17th- and 18th-century furniture.

Culross is perfect for families too. Children can look out for the free roaming Culross Dumpy Hens in the Palace Garden Orchard and discover for themselves why they're called 'dumpy'. There are knitted Culross chicks to be found in the Palace too - families can follow the clues to find the chicks and reveal the secret word. When you've finished with that, take the town tour to find out where Haggs Wynd and Stinking Wynd got their names from!  A great family day out!

All visitors should go to the Townhouse for ticket purchase prior to entering the Palace area


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Opening times & Prices

31 May
  • Palace: Closed
  • Garden: 12.00 - 17.00
  • Shop: Closed
  • Town Tours: Closed
Opening times are for today Use the buttons to change date or see all dates in calendar.
There will be no town tours running on Saturday 21st May, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July due to Palace events.
Please note the Palace Courtyard and DVD facility will be closed on Friday 3rd June due to a wedding.
If you would like access to the Palace or Garden out-with the opening hours please contact us in advance on 01383 880 359 to arrange. (please arrange at least 10 days in advance)
Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • Adult: £10.50
  • Family: £24.50
  • 1 Parent: £17.50
  • Concession: £7.50

Gradings & Awards

  • The Green Tourism Award - Gold
  • Scottish Tourist Board - 4 Star