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Relive the domestic life of the 16th and 17th centuries at this riverside Royal Burgh. 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. Take a wander around the reconstructed early 17th-century palace garden, perhaps meeting the Scots Dumpy hens who supply eggs for the Bessie Bar tearoom.

Did you know?

The Palace is a 16th-century merchant's house noted for its internal painted walls and ceilings

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Opening times

Garden: All year, daily 9-6 or dusk if earlier.

Palace, Study & Town House:
Opening 3rd April -
April, May & Sep: Thursday - Mon 12-5;
June, July & August: Daily 12-5;
October: Thursday - Mon 12-4.

Last entry to Palace 45 minutes before closing time.

Access to The Study and Town House is by guided tour only. Tours depart from palace reception at 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30. Tours last approx 1 hour.

Bessie's Tearoom:
April, May & Sep: Thursday - Mon 12-3;
June, July & August: Daily 12-3;
October: Thursday - Mon 12-3

Please call 0844 493 2189 for further information on private functions or group visits in Bessie’s Tearoom.

The main Palace building will be closed on Saturday 19th April due to a wedding taking place. The North Block and Town Tours will be running as usual. Please call ahead for further information.

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